CHARLOTTE (NBA.com exclusive) -- For the second time in as many homes games, the Charlotte Bobcats found a way to win despite a poor offensive performance.
The Bobcats, who are last in the NBA in scoring (79.8 ppg), had 21 turnovers and made just 24-of-74 shots (.324), but picked up a 79-68 victory over the New Jersey Nets thanks in part to a 24-0 second-half run and a strong defensive effort.
"I'm thrilled with the effort and how hard we compete," Larry Brown said of his squad. "We've gotten much better defensively, but we still have to figure out how valuable the ball is."
The second-half turnaround was sparked by D.J. Augustin, who came off the bench to record a season-best 21 points. Teammate Gerald Wallace kept Charlotte's hope alive in the first half and finished with 24 points and a career-best 20 rebounds.
Augustin netted 15 of his points in the second half including seven during the decisive 24-0 run.
"D.J. (Augustin) was great out there tonight," Brown said.
"Augustin got his game going in the second half," said Nets coach Lawrence Frank.
In addition to the hot hand from Augustin, the Bobcats held New Jersey to just 11 field goals and forced 14 turnovers.
"To struggle like we did, to shoot the ball like we did and to win is real important in my mind," Brown said. "I'm just hopeful that we can clean up some things and help these guys out."
The turning point of the game (and the downward spiral for the Nets), however,began midway through the third quarter.
"Our main thing was focusing on us," Wallace said. "We got one of those famous Larry Brown speeches and knew what we had to do in the second half. Our defense kept us in the game and we took advantage of that in the second half."
Nets forward Yi Jianlian left the game with 6:13 to play in the third quarter with a sprained right knee after colliding with Gerald Wallace after a turnover by Brook Lopez.
After Yi's departure the Nets went 10:03 without scoring a point and did not score a field goal in an 11 minute, 25-second span between the third and fourth quarters. During that drought Charlotte went on a 24-0 run which saw it go from down nine points to up 15, 63-48.
"I thought we defended about as well as we could," Brown added. "We played about nine or 10 minutes as well as I've ever seen us play. Defensively, running the break and rebounding the ball was great and that got us the lead and then we hung on."
New Jersey also lost guard Chris Douglas-Roberts, who led the team with 20 points, late in the fourth quarter to a right ankle injury.
For Charlotte, guard Raja Bell saw action for the first time this season after being sidelined with a torn ligament in his left wrist. Bell scored three points and grabbed four rebounds in 28 minutes.
In addition to the loss of Yi and Douglas-Roberts, the Nets were without some key players.
The most noticeable absence was starting point guard Devin Harris, who was out with a strained groin and spent the day in Chicago getting a second opinion. There is no timetable on his return. They were also without Tony Battie (sore right knee), Keyon Dooling (hip surgery), Jarvis Hayes (strained left hamstring) and Trenton Hassell (personal reasons).
"This is the NBA," Douglas-Roberts said. "Teams are going to make runs. We just have to sustain and continue to play. You can't get down. We just have to mature and go from there."