Thornton throttles ex-team in Nets rout

March, 9, 2014
Mar 9
9:30
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NEW YORK -- Marcus Thornton torched his former team on Sunday night.

The streaky shooting guard had a team-high 27 points in the Brooklyn Nets’ 104-89 win over the Sacramento Kings at Barclays Center.

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Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty ImagesMarcus Thornton scored a team-high 27 in the Nets' blowout win over his former team.
Thornton tallied 13 consecutive points bridging the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth quarter, helping turn a close game into a rout.

“There’s not many guys that can do what he does,” Deron Williams said. “He comes in, he hits one and then it’s like NBA Jam. He’s on fire.”

Thornton admitted recently that he doesn’t know all the plays just yet. Not so, according to his coach, Jason Kidd.

“There are plays, he knows them -- it’s called ‘shoot it,’” Kidd joked. “He reminds me of Eddie House, someone I played with in the league. Quick release, threat behind the arc, but can also get to the basket. He’s played extremely well since the trade and he gives us another weapon offensively. But again, defensively he’s been someone that’s helped us rebound the ball on both ends.”

In Thornton’s past five outings, he has scored 25, 3, 20, 4 and 27 points -- giving the Nets a much-needed spark every other game.

“Anytime you see the ball go through the net, you get a confidence about yourself,” Thornton said. “I credit my teammates for finding me in spots I can be effective in. And you know, my shots were going down.”

As for beating the Kings, Thornton said it was good to see his “homeboys,” but he just wanted to help his team win.

And that’s exactly what he did.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Joe Johnson
PTS AST STL MIN
16.4 3.7 1.0 34.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 7.9
AssistsD. Williams 6.7
StealsJ. Jack 1.1
BlocksB. Lopez 1.5