The injury bug bit Brooklyn badly, leading to some on-the-fly moves from coach Jason Kidd and his players.
Recently-acquired Marcus Thornton stepped up and scored 27 points off the bench against his former team, the most points he's scored in a Nets uniform.
"He’s one of those guys who's like instant hot," Deron Williams said after the game. "He comes in, hits one and then it’s like 'NBA Jam.' He's on fire."
Thornton puts the "shooting" in shooting guard. His teammates have joked about the fact that Thornton hasn't learned much of the Nets' playbook yet, and Kidd joked that they run plays just for him called "shoot it!"
The Nets needed to improvise after Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko left the game with injuries, as Kidd was forced to give season-high minutes to Jason Collins, and even use Andray Blatche at the power forward spot, among other things.
Brooklyn saw a 16-point lead slip away, as Sacramento rallied in the second and third quarters to tie the game midway through the third. But Collins hit the go-ahead bucket a few minutes later, and Thornton got red-hot and burned his former team.
Thornton scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, as the Nets turned a tight one into a laughter. Now, with a big divisional game tonight against first-place Toronto, they'd love for Thornton to stay hot and keep giving them quality minutes.