Kris Humphries was the latest to get a fresh start off the bench and, one might say, out of the doghouse. The Nets forward has been out with various injuries, most recently an ankle. Before that, he was benched in one of Avery Johnson's final decisions as coach.
But he was able to give the team a quick, strong shot of energy Sunday night -- as MarShon Brooks and Mirza Teletovic have done recently.
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Humphries was put into the game to try to contain Pacers forward David West, who had hit his first five shots. Humphries did much more. He had 10 points and nine rebounds in 17 minutes.
"It's definitely tough to deal with the injuries and not really being in the flow, but I was able to get it going tonight and contribute. And above all, we won," Humphries said. "One of the toughest things is being in and out of the lineup and trying to be effective."
Deron Williams said: "Hump is pretty tough, he's pretty resilient. He has been through a lot. He's one of those guys you don't really have to say much to. He's battling through an ankle injury. He also had a great game for us, gave us some good minutes."
Gerald Wallace was out with bruised ribs, an injury suffered when he was fouled hard while airborne Friday night. There is no timetable for his return. "I think it's safe to say Tim has been encouraged by how he has responded, but that was a bad fall and he's very, very sore," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said . . . Damion James signed a 10-day contract out of the D-League . . . The Pacers' Lance Stephenson, of Brooklyn, suffered a foot injury in the first quarter and did not return.