EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Oct. 19 (Ticker) --
A second-half rally by
the New Jersey Nets kept the expansion Charlotte Bobcats winless
in the preseason.
Jason Collins scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the
Nets posted a 96-89 victory in a sloppy game that featured 69
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The Nets finished the third quarter on a 28-13 run to take their
first lead since the opening quarter. Rodney Buford
scored eight of his 13 points in the period, hit a jumper with
1.1 seconds left to cap the quarter, providing New Jersey with a
New Jersey's Richard Jefferson picked up four fouls in the first
quarter and was tossed after receiving a technical foul late in
the game. He scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half.
Getting his second preseason start for the Nets, Zoran Planinic
added 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Primoz Brezec scored 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds
for the Bobcats, who led by 13 points with 8:25 left in the
third quarter. Gerald Wallace added 17 points and rookie Emeka Okafor