RECAP – FINAL: #Bobcats 99 – #Nets 104

Updated: March 20, 2014


The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats by a score of 104-99 in Brooklyn.

The game was crisp and both teams mirrored each other back and forth for a 15-13 Nets lead midway through the first. Mason Plumlee was active early with nine points and three rebounds to match Al Jefferson in the first quarter and helped Brooklyn to a 26-21 lead.

The Nets picked up the defensive pressure in the second and pushed the lead to 35-25 with the second unit being run by Shaun Livingston. Ex-Nets Chris Douglas Roberts came on to spark the Bobcats with 10 points to take a 42-40 lead. A 11-2 Brooklyn run got the momentum back and a 54-46 halftime lead.  Deron Williams and Livingston led the Nets with 11 points each while Joe Johnson had 10 points and five boards.

The Bobcats continued to force the ball to Jefferson and he heated up in the third with three straight jumpers to bring the Bobcats to working 66-63 with four to play. Brooklyn fought back with their bench and utilized the free throw line to get the lead to 75-70 after three quarters.

Bobcats went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 77 early in the fourth.  Charlotte took a 85-82 lead with six minutes to play and it was anyone’s game to win.  Johnson hit back-to-back jumpers to get Brooklyn the lead by five and with under three to play.  Pierce hit a couple free throws and Williams hit a dagger jumper to get the Nets a 100-95 lead with .37 to play.  Free throws sealed the 10th straight victory at home for Brooklyn 104.99.

Williams kept Kemba Walker in check all night allowing just seven points and seven assists with four turnovers.

The free throw line was an asset all night for the Nets asthey out-shot Charlotte 35-12 but only hit 9-for-18 from the line in fourth quarter and it almost cost them the game.

Brooklyn had six players in double figures ( Williams, Johnson, Livingston, Plumlee, Thornton and Blatche)


Nets have their Longest Nets’ home streak since they won 12 straight (12/16/05-2/8/06)

Nets are the 3rd team in the NBA this season w/ a 10+ game home winning streak (OKC, IND twice). Longest active streak in the NBA.


“I was just out there playing,” Williams said. “I just kind of took what the defense gave me. They made their run, and we needed to make one back.

“I happened to be a big part of that, but it could’ve been any of us.”



KEY STATS:  The Nets were out rebounded 51-39 but they only turned the ball over seven times tying a season-low which made up for the rebounding edge.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Deron Williams scored 11 fourth quarter points to total 25 for the night and dished eight assists on his way to a great all around game.

NEXT UP: The Nets will be back in action Friday night when they host the Boston Celtics in Brooklyn looking for some revenge from last weekend.  The game can be seen on YES at 7:30.


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