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November 13, 2013
Postgame notes: Change is good for the Kings

Some postgame notes from tonight's game

The Kings ended their five-game losing streak by blowing out the Brooklyn Nets, 107-86.

The Kings held the Nets to 37.8 percent shooting, their best defensive effort of the season.

This was the first time Malone's been happy after a game since the season opener.

"I loved the defense," Malone said. "Tonight was the closest that we have come to playing a full 48 minutes. I did not like the way that we started the fourth quarter -- I had to call a timeout to get our guys under control. I loved the 26 assists and only seven turnovers, but for us to win it has to start on the defensive end of the floor. When we defend, rebound, and share the ball, we're a decent basketball team."

*Greivis Vasquez had his best game as a King with 17 points and 12 assists, the most assists by a King since Beno Udrih had 13 on Feb. 25, 2011 at Charlotte.

"It took a little while but like I said, I'm satisfied. I'm not in a comfort zone or anything like that - we've got to be professional about this and come back tomorrow, go through practice, get something out of it and get this win on Friday. We've got to build from this win and we've got to continue to play great team defense."

*Isaiah Thomas (19 points, six assists) has scored in double figures in every game this season.

According to Stats LLC, Thomas tied Spud Webb for the third-most games scoring in
double-figures off the bench to start the season.

Walt Williams holds the Sacramento-era record with nine consecutive games scoring in double-figures off the bench to start a season.

*Malone on how Marcus Thornton and Patrick Patterson responded to coming off the bench:

"I thought they were terrific. The one thing that I want to make clear is that I made those changes, but it wasn't Marcus Thornton or Patrick Patterson that made us 1-5. I wanted to shake things up and to their credit they came in the game off the bench and had a huge impact. After the game, I told Marcus that maybe I should've put him on the bench sooner with that performance. Patrick had 10 rebounds. They're going to need to do that for us every night. Marcus got his points and his shots off of our defense and it worked with the flow of our offense."

*Ben McLemore struggled in his first NBA start, going 1 for 8 for two points. But Malone said he doesn't expect McLemore to have many games like that.

*DeMarcus Cousins told a few media members at halftime that the technical foul he received from Joey Crawford would be rescinded. Cousins already has one technical foul this season.

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