Sleep Train Arena · Sacramento, Calif.
Ben Couch · (@viewfromcouch)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif.—It's not often that Andray Blatche plays a pivotal offensive role for a talented Nets team loaded with scorers.
Yet it was Brooklyn's reserve center who got things going against Sacramento on Sunday when the starters were shooting poorly.
Blatche scored 22 points to lead the Nets to their fifth straight victory, 99-90 over the struggling Kings.
Blatche was part of a huge effort by an extremely productive Brooklyn bench. He made his first 10 shots and finished 11 of 12 in 19 minutes subbing for starter Brook Lopez.
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By James Ham
THE STAT II: The Nets' bench outscored the Kings' bench 52-26.
HOT: Holy Blatche! The Nets reserve big man lit the Kings up in the first half, hitting nine straight shots on his way to 18 huge points before the break. Blatche finished with a team-high 22 points, missing only one shot 20 minutes of action.
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In Gerald Wallace's first game since the opener, he played 24 1/2 minutes, totaling 4 points, 3 assists and a steal. "Crash" said his sprained left ankle felt good, but cautioned the getaway flight could impact his recovery, and he's looking forward to finding out how he feels at tomorrow's practice...Brook Lopez (13 points, 5-14 FGs, 5 rebounds) posted his third straight game with four blocks...Deron Williams (14 points, 10 assists) tumbled into the baseline crowd during the first half, landing hard and favoring his arm the rest of the way. The Nets PG said afterward it was cut and sore, but pointed out that "everything's kinda sore" right now...Andray Blatche hit his first 10 field-goal attempts. The last NBA player to achieve the feat was now-Sixers center Andrew Bynum, who did so for the Lakers on March 18, 2010.
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Kris Humphries||C · Brook Lopez|
Gerald Wallace (sprained left ankle) was QUESTIONABLE, but played.
|G · Aaron Brooks||G · Tyreke Evans||F · John Salmons||F · Jason Thompson||C · DeMarcus Cousins|
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22 PTS, 19 1/2 MIN
11-12 FGs, 2 REB
|On the bench lifting the starters:
"We only preach team here. It's not about 'I' – it's about 'team' and it's about 'us.'"