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March 31, 2012
In-game blog: Kings vs. Nets

FINAL
Nets 111, Kings 99

After a good start, the Kings (18-34) managed only 64 points over the final three quarters to lose to New Jersey (19-35).

Anthony Morrow led the Nets with 25 points off the bench. Deron Williams finished with 19 points and 15 assists.

Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 23 points, but DeMarcus Cousins (14 points, nine rebounds) and Marcus Thornton (13 points) were both below their season averages.

The Kings have lost their last three home games.

THIRD QUARTER
Nets 91, Kings 76

The Nets stayed hot and the Kings cannot keep up.

The Nets have five players that have scored in double figures. Anthony Morrow has 19 points off the bench with all of his field goals coming on three pointers. Gerald Wallace has 16 points. Kris Humphries has 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Deron Williams is orchestrating what has become a blowout with 10 points and 13 assists.

All five Kings' starters have scored in double figures but the Kings aren't getting the production from the bench.

The bench has provided 15 points for the Kings.

DeMarcus Cousins has 14 points and nine rebounds to lead the Kings. But he missed all five of his shots in the third quarter before sitting with four fouls.

Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans each have 13 points.

HALFTIME
Nets 59, Kings 56

Both teams were loose with the ball in the second quarter with seven turnovers apiece. The Kings' were hurt more by the turnovers as they led to eight points for the Nets and cost the Kings the lead.

The Nets also had their way scoring, making 13-of-19 shots to take the lead after trailing the entire first quarter.

When the Kings went to their second unit, they lost momentum to start the second quarter, going nearly five minutes with only two points during a 10-2 run that gave the Nets a 41-37 lead.

The starters returned to put the Kings back in the lead, but the Nets were able to regain control of the game.

DeMarcus Cousins leads the Kings with 14 points and four rebounds. Jason Thompson has 11 points and four assists.

Deron Williams has seven points and nine assists for the Nets. Kris Humphries has 11 points and seven rebounds.

FIRST QUARTER
Kings 35, Nets 31

A lot of offense to star the game as neither team looks tired after playing close games last night.

The Kings are shooting 58 percent, led by DeMarcus Cousins with eight points and three rebounds.

Tyreke Evans is back after missing Friday's win at Utah with back spasms. Evans has seven points and three assists.

The Nets are shooting 48 percent, led by All-Star guard Deron Williams. Williams has seven points, six assists and three rebounds.

The Kings led by as many as nine points in the first quarter. The Kings' high shooting percentage is due to a lot of good looks. The Kings have 24 points in the paint, making 12-of-18 shots in the paint.



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