The Nets have changed in many ways since P.J. Carlesimo took over, playing with a new attitude and a high confidence level. One major change made by Carlesimo has been to increase the minutes of MarShon Brooks and Mirza Teletovic.
Brooks and Teletovic are now the first players off the bench, whereas for the first two months of the season, they played in garbage time, if at all.
The Nets led 36-31 at the end of the first quarter, and Carlesimo turned to Brooks, Teletovic, C.J. Watson, Andray Blatche off the bench to play with starters Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans for most of the second.
They played a flashy style of offense, with Brooks playing the point and driving the lane numerous times. Brooks had eight points on 4-for-6 shooting in the second quarter.
Teletovic, nicknamed MTV by announcer David Diamante, constantly got open along the three-point line and had nine points (3-for-5, one 3-pointer) in the second.
The defense was also huge in that quarter, as they held Sacramento to six baskets in 24 attempts. Teletovic was especially good closing off the lane and had a block of DeMarcus Cousins.
When it was all over, the Nets outscored the Kings 29-16 and took a commanding 65-47 lead into the half.
Brooks and Teletovic were at it again in the fourth quarter, playing an up-tempo style epitomized by a Teletovic slam dunk on a fast break with 3:46 left to make it 109-85 Nets. The Nets went on to win 113-93.
Brooks finished with 15 points on 7-for-14 shooting in 26 minutes. Teletovic scored 14 points (5-for-10, 2-for-5 behind the arc) and had six rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end.
They were two of six players who had double-figure point totals for the Nets. Andray Blatche had 15 points off the bench, on 7-for-11 shooting and had 11 rebounds. Brook Lopez led the starters with 18 points (7-for-12), followed by Deron Williams and Joe Johnson with 15 apiece.
The Nets are now 5-1 under P.J. Carlesimo, and are 19-15 overall. They have two days off before hitting the road for a game with Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
WATCH Postgame video with P.J., MarShon, and Mirza: