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By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor@JESchott19

The Nets’ bench has done the job so far this season, and Sunday’s game at the Sacramento Kings was no exception. Andray Blatche and MarShon Brooks were key parts of Brooklyn’s 99-90 win, their fifth in a row.

Andray Blatche had an incredible game, as he scored 22 points on 11-for-12 shooting.

Andray Blatche had 22 points on Sunday, the latest good sign from this off-season acquisition. Photo by @LolitaLens.

Blatche was run out of Washington for numerous reasons, including behavioral problems as well as reporting to training camp out of shape last season.

He has been a great addition to this team, rewarding the faith that General Manager Billy King had when he brought him in this offseason.

MarShon Brooks had 14 points, and nearly shot perfect as well, making five of six baskets.

Brooks had seven points down the stretch, including a three-pointer with 50 seconds left to give Brooklyn a 93-82 lead.

Joe Johnson was huge down the stretch also, draining six free throws in the final 37 seconds to seal the win.

C.J. Watson has provided a lot of spark off the bench, notably on opening night against Toronto on November 3rd. Another instance was on November 11th against the Orlando Magic when he had a three-pointer followed by a steal that led to a three-point play, basically a six-point possession.

Watson had 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting on Sunday afternoon.

Jerry Stackhouse has been a claming presence and performed well for the Nets this season. photo Adam Pantozzi, BrooklynNets.com

Jerry Stackhouse played 15 minutes, and failed to score on Sunday, but the memory of his game-tying three-pointer with around six minutes left against Boston on Thursday still lingers. He is a proven playoff performer and acts as a coach to the younger players.

The starters had tough games from the field. In the backcourt, Deron Williams scored 14 points, but shot just 4-for-12 from the field. Joe Johnson had 10 points on a tough night of 1-for-10 shooting with eight free throws.

The frontcourt was not much better, as Brook Lopez had 13 points on just 5-for-14 shooting. Kris Humphries had just six points, but is becoming a big-time rebounder with 10 once again.

The Nets are now 6-2 and are starting to look like the team that was hyped in the lead-up to the season. They have a tough test Tuesday night when they travel to Los Angeles to face Mike D’Antoni’s Lakers.

One storyline in that one will be the matchup between the Nets’ Brook Lopez and Los Angeles’ Dwight Howard, who was close to being traded to Brooklyn numerous times for Lopez.

This rivalry was highlighted by Shaquille O’Neal before the season, when he declared Lopez one of the best centers in the league and did not mention Howard:

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2 thoughts on “Blatche, Brooks lead Nets to 5th Straight; Lakers next

  1. I liked seeing D-Will STILL bitching about the Minnesota loss after the team went to 6-2 last night.

    An early-season slap in the face is just what this bunch needed, and now they’re taking it out on weaker teams in the 4th quarter.

  2. Exactly right, the Minnesota game made them focus, and then the blowout in Miami two night later really got them mad. The Celtics game was a hallmark win against a team that is the class of the Atlantic Division, showed they can be elite. Other teams have folded when Pierce takes over a game like that. They are in fine shape now. Tomorrow night in LA may be the first time all season that the focus is on the other team, as the Lakers have become the story once again.

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