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Mirza Teletovic's 3 lifts Nets to win in China

Andrei Kirilenko #47 of Brooklyn Nets shoots against

Andrei Kirilenko #47 of Brooklyn Nets shoots against Sacramento Kings during the NBA Global Game 2014 at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Oct. 12, 2014 in Shanghai, China. Credit: Getty Images / Kevin Lee

SHANGHAI, China -- Mirza Teletovic sank a three-pointer with less than a minute remaining to lift the Nets to a 97-95 preseason win over the Kings Sunday in the first of two NBA preseason games to be played in China this year.

The Kings had a chance to tie the score, but Sergey Karasev blocked a shot by Ben McLemore beneath the rim as time expired.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 18 points, and Deron Williams added 12 points and six assists. Teletovic and Jarrett Jack had 10 points apiece.

Lopez is still working to get back to his best after foot surgery and spending most of last season on the sideline.

"I think Brook is getting himself in shape,'' said assistant coach Paul Westphal, who filled in for Lionel Hollins after he became ill. "He's far ahead of where we were afraid of where he was going to be. He's getting his timing. I think his foot is holding up really well.''

Ramon Sessions came off the bench to score 18 points for the Kings. Darren Collison had 15.

Sacramento took a 95-91 lead on rookie Nik Stauskas' jumper with 2:23 left. The Nets' Marquis Teague sank three of four free throws down the stretch before Teletovic won it with his three-pointer off a pass from Jack.

The game marked the 10th anniversary of the NBA's first preseason exhibitions in China, played by the Kings and Yao Ming's Rockets in Shanghai and Beijing in 2004.

Yao was on hand to celebrate the anniversary, entering the arena midway through the first quarter to a huge round of applause. He was joined by a handful of other former NBA stars, including Shaquille O'Neal, who grabbed the microphone late in the game and bellowed "Ni hao'' ("Hello'') over and over to the fans.

The Kings and Nets will play again in Beijing on Wednesday.

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