Notebook: Nets 97, Bobcats 81



Posted Dec 28, 2012 11:18 PM

By Jake Appleman, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: Backed by a resurgent Deron Williams with 19 points and Brook Lopez with 26 points and 11 rebounds, the Nets crushed the Bobcats 97-81, sending Charlotte to its 17th-straight defeat. In P.J. Carlesimo's coaching debut for the Nets (15-14), they were never really challenged.

QUOTABLE: "We got off to a great start. We executed very well and I thought we passed the ball and set screens better than we have been setting them."

-- P.J. Carlesimo

THE STAT: The Nets held the Bobcats (7-22) to 28-percent shooting in the first quarter.

TURNING POINT: The Bobcats never led. A Keith Bogans corner 3, the game's first basket, is where the game turned for the first -- and last -- time.

INSIDE THE ARENA: Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov gave an interview at halftime to discuss the firing of Avery Johnson and his current support of Carlesimo.

QUOTABLE II: "We need to give support to our head coach. I don't want to start any kind of rumors and speculation."

-- Mikhail Prokhorov

ROOKIE WATCH: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (three points, 1-for-6 shooting, four rebounds) struggled for the Bobcats. Jeffrey Taylor saw 19 minutes of action for Charlotte.

NOTABLE: Williams scored more points in the first half than he did in any of his previous four games. ... Bogans sank all three of his 3-point attempts. He has now hit 12 of his last 18 from long range.

UP NEXT: For the Bobcats, Saturday vs. New Orleans, Monday @ Chicago, Friday vs. Cleveland. For the Nets, Saturday vs. Cleveland, Monday vs. San Antonio, Wednesday vs. Oklahoma City.