The Nets got a much-needed boost when Gerald Wallace finally returned to the lineup in last night's 99-90 win over the Kings.

Wallace, who finished with four points, a rebound and three assists in 24:30, started and played for the first time since spraining his left ankle in the final minute of the Nets' season-opening win over the Raptors at Barclays Center on Nov. 3, and made it through the game without incident.

"I'm good," Wallace said. "I'm ready to go, but whatever he wants me to do, I'm down with it. We're early in the season, so obviously they want to be cautious with it, so we'll see how I feel tomorrow from this game and go from there."

Coach Avery Johnson said the plan going into the game was to get Wallace into the game for four six-minute bursts, to try to get him to about 24 minutes, and Johnson was happy with how things went.

"Just a little rusty," Johnson said. "[He had] a couple of turnovers there that he normally doesn't make, but the gameplan was four six-minute bursts, to get him to 24 minutes."

"We were right there and he was still competing defensively. His lateral quickness is not quite there yet, but every day he's gonna get better and better, but it was great having him in uniform."