EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Ticker) --
A well-rested Nenad Krstic
made the most of his limited minutes for the New Jersey
Krstic scored a season-high 25 points in 28 minutes before
fouling out as the Nets ended their two-game losing streak with
a 93-86 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
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A 21-year-old rookie from Serbia & Montenegro, Krstic saw his
first action in nine days after missing the last two games with
bronchitis. He set a season high for the second consecutive
"We definitely missed his big body and what he brings," Nets
guard Jason Kidd
said. "He (has) come a long way. He hit the
rookie wall. Now he's coming off the wall and learning the NBA
game. If he plays like this, we have a chance."
After Jason Kapono
made a 3-pointer bring the Bobcats within
67-66 early in the fourth quarter, Krstic scored seven points
during a 9-0 run to make it 76-66 before collecting his fifth
"When the game started, I didn't think about how I'm tired
because I'm sick," Krstic said. "So I told myself, 'I'm just
going to go out and play.' In the first half, I felt good.
After that, I just started to cough and get tired. In the third
quarter, I told coach I needed a substitute because I was so
Krstic outplayed the struggling Emeka Okafor
, a leading
candidate for Rookie of the Year. Okafor grabbed 12 rebounds
but managed only six points on 3-of-10 shooting as the Bobcats
lost for the 26th time in 30 games.
"He's a big guy and knows how to use his body," Okafor said. "I
just have to find my flow and get my mojo back."
scored 28 points and Kidd nearly posted another
triple-double with 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds
for the Nets, who had lost five of their previous seven games.
"We needed this win in a big, bad way, whatever way you want to
say it," Kidd said.
had 23 points, Primoz Brezec
added 14 and Brevin Knight
collected 10 and 12 assists as the Bobcats fell to 2-24
on the road this season.
The Nets never trailed after the opening minutes and jumped out
to an early 14-point lead behind Carter, who scored 13 points in
the first period. Krstic added 10 points in the second,
helping New Jersey to a 55-42 halftime cushion.
"(Krstic) was phenomenal tonight," Carter said. "It's a miracle
what rest will do for you. He just played great. It's
important for him to be who he is, which is a big guy that can
score. It just shows his emergence."