Ben Couch · (@viewfromcouch)
By Steve Reed, Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The third quarter has been the Brooklyn Nets' Achilles heel of late.
However, on Wednesday night it proved to be their saving grace.
The Nets shrugged off a sluggish first half and turned a 10-point halftime deficit into a 99-78 blowout win over the Charlotte Bobcats, reminding everyone they still have the ability to flip that switch.
Deron Williams had 20 points and eight assists, Joe Johnson added 22 points and the Nets limited the NBA-worst Bobcats 25 in the second half on 10-of-40 shooting. Brooklyn outscored Charlotte 28-9 in the third quarter.Read the full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.
Deron Williams has scored 20-or-more points in four of the Nets' last five games...The Nets are now 5-1 when Reggie Evans pulls down at least 15 rebounds...Former Bobcat Gerald Wallace blocked a season-high five shots, one off his career high.
Charlotte's 9 third-quarter points represented an opponent season-low for any quarter, and their 25 for the second half was also an opponent season-low..The Nets, who outrebounded Charlotte by 20 rebounds, also blocked a season-high 10 shots (4th time).
Brooklyn Nets (35-26)
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Reggie Evans||C · Brook Lopez|
Charlotte Bobcats (13-48)
|G · Kemba Walker||G · Gerald Henderson||F · Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||F · Byron Mullens||C · Bismack Biyombo|
Byron Mullens (right knee soreness) is DAY-TO-DAY.
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|20 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST
7-12 FGs, 4-6 3Ps
|On Brooklyn's Backcourt:
"Once they get going, they're going to keep going, and it opens up a ton off driving lanes and makes everything easier for everybody."