Charlotte (7-39) was well within striking distance at halftime, trailing the Nets (16-34) only by six at halftime. However, has been the case during the season, things went south in the third quarter, as the Nets outscored the Bobcats 33-16 in the third quarter en route to the 102-89 victory on March 24.
New Jersey got off to a quick start in the first half taking a 24-14 lead with 3:06 left in the first quarter on a Shelden Williams basket… The Bobcats battled back and cut the lead to four multiple occasions, including on a Byron Mullens layup with 12 seconds left in the first half.. However, Shelden Williams scored at the buzzer to give the Nets a little momentum going into the halftime. With a 60-53 lead with 4:28 left, the Nets went on a 21-5 run to close the quarter and take an 81-58 lead into the fourth quarter… Charlotte was able to cut the lead 92-81 with 4:39 left in the game, but that’s as close as they would get.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte got a strong effort from their reserves, outscoring the Nets bench 49-27… The Nets were able to win the rebounding battle 46-41, but were able to out-rebound 16-8 on the offensive glass. The Nets had 24 assists compared to the Bobcats 21, and 14 of those were from point guard Deron Williams…. Both teams shot 44.3 percent from the field, with the Bobcats hitting 35 of 79, while the Nets hit 39 of 88.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Byron Mullens gave the Bobcats a double-double from the bench. He scored a team high 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Kemba Walker had an all-around good game, scoring 10 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists, with only one turnover.
NETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kris Humphries led the Nets, scoring a game high 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Besides Mullens and Walker, Corey Maggette (13) and Reggie Williams (10) were the only other Bobcats to get into double digits scoring… D.J. Augustin did a good job of controlling the offense, with eight assists and one turnover… Former Bobcats player Gerald Wallace had 15 points to go along with seven rebounds.
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