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Postgame notes: Like others have, Thornton has a good game against his ex-teammates

Marcus Thornton had a big game against the Kings.

Of course he did.

Thornton is the latest former King to go at his former teammates with success.

Tyreke Evans had 25 points and 12 assists in his first game against the Kings in December.

All four former Kings played a role in Toronto’s win on Friday, most notably Patrick Patterson with 15 points.

Most teams would do all they could to make sure a former teammate didn’t embarrass them, but the Kings seem to lack that kind of intensity.

Thornton also had three rebounds, an assist and two steals.

“It felt great,” Thornton said of his game against the Kings.

Thornton scored 27 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter.

“I don’t know what it is about our team but if they don’t think guys that used to play on our team are not going to try to go at them, they’re sorely mistaken,” said Kings coach Michael Malone.

Malone said it was “mind boggling” that the Kings didn’t adjust to Thornton.

DeMarcus Cousins said deviating from the gameplan allowed Thornton to hurt the Kings.

“I know Marcus, I knew he was hoping for a performance like that,” Cousins said. “Marcus, he plays with a chip on his shoulder.”

*Thornton has been quite the pickup for the Nets, who have seen him score 20 or more points in three of his seven games while still trying to learn the offense.

“There are plays, he knows them,” said Nets coach Jason Kidd. “It’s called ‘shoot it.’”

Kidd said Thornton has also helped on defense, too.

“Defensively he’s been someone that’s helped us rebound the ball on both ends,” Kidd said.

*The Kings had a season-high 28 second-chance points, thanks largely to the 10 offensive rebounds by Cousins. The Kings had 20 offensive rebounds.

The Kings outrebounded the Nets 53-27. The Nets only had one offensive rebound, but shot 53.2 percent.

*This was the second time this season the Kings failed to lead in a game. The Nets led by as many as 25 points.

*The Kings continue to struggle from three-point range. The Kings were 5-for-23 against the Nets.