NEW YORK -- One of the major concerns facing the veteran Brooklyn Nets going into this season was their health.
It’s definitely a concern right now.
The Nets, who were already without Kevin Garnett for a fifth straight game due to back spasms, lost both Paul Pierce (sore right shoulder) and Andrei Kirilenko (sprained right ankle) to injury in their 104-89 blowout victory over the Sacramento Kings Sunday night at Barclays Center.
With critical games coming up against Toronto, Miami and Washington this week, this isn’t good. Better hope those guys are OK.
What it means: The Nets (31-30) won their seventh straight game at home -- matching a season high. They are 14-2 in their past 16 at home, 16-2 in their past 18 against sub-.500 teams. It was a nice way to rebound from their poor performance Friday night in Boston.
Marcus Thornton led the way in his first game against his former team, scoring 27 points -- including 13 straight bridging the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth. He has scored 20 or more points three times in his first seven games with Brooklyn. He had three 20-plus-point games in 46 games with Sacramento.
Joe Johnson had 11 of his 18 points in the third quarter.
As per usual, the Nets were destroyed on the backboards (53-27) but turned 25 Kings turnovers into 27 points. They shot 53.2 percent from the field and went 12-for-25 from 3-point range, a game after they went 4-for-30 against the Celtics.
Brooklyn led by as many as 25 after throwing away a 16-point lead early in the third.
My Cousin DeMarcus: DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 20 rebounds. Jason Collins, who played a season-high 20 minutes and recorded his second field goal as a Net, played excellent defense on Cousins, and the Sacramento center picked up his fourth foul with 3:15 left and the Kings trailing 67-61. It may have been the turning point of the game.
Debut: Jorge Gutierrez, recently signed to a 10-day contract, became the fourth native of Mexico to play in a game in NBA history. He scored his first career point on a free throw with 9.6 seconds left. The crowd liked it.
Circus shot of the game: How crafty was that second-quarter scoop by Mirza Teletovic? Agreed. It was very crafty.
Return of Reggie: Former Net Reggie Evans had three points and seven rebounds in his first game as a Barclays Center visitor.
Up next: The Nets face the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors Monday night in the second half of a rare home back-to-back.