Brooklyn's bench boosts Nets vs. Kings

Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson got a much-needed break after Friday's double OT win. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

MarShon Brooks and Mirza Teletovic both received a rare opportunity to play significant minutes on Saturday night. And the seldom-used Brooklyn Nets reserves certainly made the most of it.

Brooks and Teletovic combined for 29 points in their team’s 113-93 blowout victory over the Sacramento Kings at Barclays Center. Overall, Brooklyn’s bench scored 50 points.

“The bench did exactly what we needed them to do,” said interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, who improved to 5-1 since taking over for Avery Johnson. “They didn’t just give us minutes -- they gave us minutes and production.”

Brooks (15 points, three assists and two rebounds in 26 minutes) and Teletovic (career-highs of 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes), who played sparingly under Johnson, have seen their roles expand under Carlesimo. And the Nets needed them to play well on Saturday night -- especially since their starters logged heavy minutes in Friday night’s double-overtime victory over the Washington Wizards and both Kris Humphries and Jerry Stackhouse were out with injuries.

“It’s tough, you know, not knowing when you’re going to get in a game,” said Brooks, who is shooting 55.9 percent over his last five games. “It’s a pretty tough situation.”

Under Johnson, Brooks used to get pulled from games after a turnover or a defensive lapse.

“I’m not looking over my shoulder anymore,” said Brooks, who made several highlight reel caliber shots and finished 7-for-14 from the field.

Brooks said his confidence is back for the first time since he injured his ankle early in the season in Orlando.

Teletovic, who ignited an 11-0 second-quarter run that blew the game open with seven points, said patience has been the key for him.

“P.J. was very straight-up with me,” Teletovic said. “He said, ‘I know you have struggled these past couple months.’ He told me, ‘I know what you’re capable of. I just want you to have confidence once you get in the game.’ And he told me that he would try to get me into the rotation because I can space the floor.”

Added Carlesimo: “(Mirza’s) attitude has been excellent. He didn’t feel sorry for himself or point any fingers. He knew he had to keep working and eventually he would get a chance.

“We do believe in (Mirza and MarShon),” Carlesimo said later. “We think MarShon can be a really key piece. But as Brett Brown (a former San Antonio Spurs assistant coach) said, ‘You have to participate in your own rescue.’”

Depth has been an issue for the Nets all season. It wasn’t on Saturday night. Because of the bench’s contributions (Andray Blatche had 15 points and 11 rebounds himself), Joe Johnson and Deron Williams both played under 30 minutes, while Brook Lopez logged just 16.

“For those guys to come in and play the way they played, I have to admit, I did not expect that,” Carlesimo said.