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Lopez’s 22 points, 6 blocks helps Nets beat Kings 103-100

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Brook Lopez had 22 points and six blocks and the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings 103-100 on Wednesday night for only their second win in the last 10.

The Nets had a 23-point lead in the opening half, but the Kings eventually cut it to two late in the fourth quarter. Some clutch shooting by Joe Johnson helped preserve the victory for Brooklyn.

Johnson scored 16 points, as did Jarrett Jack, who also had eight assists for the Nets.

The Nets won six of seven games and reached the .500 mark on Jan. 2. But Brooklyn had been in a terrible stretch ever since.

DeMarcus Cousin had 28 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento, who dropped its fifth straight.

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