NEW YORK (AP) — Mason Plumlee continued his impressive play with a team-high 22 points, Joe Johnson and Jarret Jack each scored 16, and the Brooklyn Nets held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 107-99 on Monday night.
Rudy Gay had 25 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings, who’ve lost 13 of their last 17 games.
Brook Lopez came off the bench and chipped in 11 points for the Nets, who bounced back from a 25-point loss to Indiana on Saturday night at Barclays Center and won for the fourth time in their last five games.
The Nets led 93-83 with 5:53 left in the fourth quarter after a layup by Deron Williams, but Gay then scored five straight points in a 26-second span, including a 3-pointer, that cut the lead to 93-88 with 5:12 to play.
Reserve forward Mirza Teletovic led an 8-2 run with a pair of 3-pointers and Plumlee scored on a layup that increased Brooklyn’s lead to 101-90 with 3:29 to go. After a Sacramento timeout, Cousins’ thunderous dunk reduced the deficit to 101-92 before Plumlee answered with a dunk of his own that made it 103-92.
Collison then scored five straight points, including a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws after Teletovic fouled him on a 3-point attempt, cutting the lead to 103-97 with 43.6 seconds left. But Jack and Johnson combined to hit four straight free throws that put the game out of reach for the Kings.
Kings: Guard Ramon Sessions missed his third straight game due to a lower back strain. . Collison had 16 points and eight assists.
Nets: Williams shot 2-for-6 and scored six points off the bench. . Plumlee converted 10 of 16 from the free throw line.
Kings: Continue their four-game road trip in Boston on Wednesday.
Nets: Play the second game of a back-to-back at Chicago on Tuesday.