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By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
BROOKLYN—Mikhail Prokhorov saw the draining team spirit, the missing will to fight, and decided change was needed.
The Brooklyn Nets owner had to like the results in the first game under P.J. Carlesimo.
The Nets gave their interim coach a victory in his debut and the Charlotte Bobcats a 17th straight loss, getting 26 points and 11 rebounds from Brook Lopez in a 97-81 rout Friday night.
Read the full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.
By Jake Appleman, for NBA.com
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
Read the full Game Notebook on NBA.com.
Deron Williams, driving aggressively and shooting confidently, scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half. Overall, Williams shot 7-of-14, including 3-of-5 from three-point range...Gerald Wallace dished out a game-high 6 assists...Keith Bogans, 3-of-3 from three-point range, has now connected on 12-of-18 attempts in the last five games...Reggie Evans again reached double-digits in rebounds, pulling down a game-high 13...MarShon Brooks played 20 minutes off the bench, posting 9 points, 2 assists and a steal.
The Nets are 9-1 when holding opponents under 90 points...P.J. Carlesimo is now the third straight Nets coach to win his debut...This was the Nets' fifth straight victory against the Bobcats.
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Keith Bogans||F · Gerald Wallace||C · Brook Lopez|
Gerald Wallace (hyperextended left knee) is PROBABLE.
Deron Williams (bruised right wrist) is DAY-TO-DAY.
Kris Humphries (mild abdominal strain) is OUT.
Toko Shengelia (flu-like symptoms) is OUT.
|G · Kemba Walker||G · Gerald Henderson||F · Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||F · Hakim Warrick||C · Bismack Biyombo|
Ben Gordon (Right Knee Discomfort) is DAY-TO-DAY.
Byron Mullens (Left Ankle Sprain) is OUT.
Tyrus Thomas (Left Calf Strain) is OUT.
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|26 PTS, 11 REB, 3 BLK
9-12 FGs, 8-8 FTs
|"We weren’t playing with a lot of confidence. You make shots, you feel better. Confidence is based on prior success. You can’t be confident unless you’ve done something well in the past or you’re doing well right now. I don’t care who it is.
"The best golfers in the world, they miss a couple putts, they’re basket cases. They’re the best guys in the world, they do it all the time, they miss a couple of three-footers and it’s like, ‘Whoa!’ it’s hard to be confident when you’re not enjoying success. You have to play your way out of it, shoot your way out of it, and I thought we did that tonight."