Road Warriors: Bobcats down Nets in Jersey
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Brevin Knight scored a season-high 25
points and dished out seven assists as the Charlotte Bobcats downed the New
Jersey Nets, 91-83, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Emeka Okafor chipped in 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Bobcats, who
snapped an eight-game losing streak. Okafor also tied a career-high with six
Richard Jefferson netted 25 points for the Nets, who have dropped three
straight games and five of the last seven. Vince Carter scored 22 points and
had 11 rebounds in defeat. As a team, New Jersey shot only 38 percent.
Charlotte’s win was the first in its history against the Nets as New Jersey
won the previous five contests.
The Bobcats played without Gerald Wallace for the second straight game as he
remains sidelined with a sprained right index finger.
Trailing 40-34 to start the third quarter, the Bobcats went on a 17-4 run to
jump ahead of the Nets with a 51-44 lead. Charlotte took a 61-58 lead into the
final quarter of action after outscoring the Nets 27-18 in the third.
With about 6 1/2 minutes to play in regulation, Kareem Rush hit a long jump
shot, giving the Bobcats a 69-62 lead. Rush finished the game with 10 points
on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor.
Knight hit a pull up jumper in the paint with 2:23 left to give Charlotte an
80-69 lead. Charlotte converted nine free-throws in the final minute of action
to seal the victory.
With around 4:15 left to play in the opening quarter, Carter capped a 14-2
spurt with a three-pointer, giving the Nets a 20-9 lead.
The Bobcats ended the period with a 10-2 run to end the first quarter down
22-19. Melvin Ely netted five points during the stretch and ended the game
New Jersey opened the second quarter with a 9-2 spurt to take a 31-21 lead
with around 8:37 to go before halftime.
The Nets headed into the break with a 40-34 advantage after outscoring
Charlotte 18-15 in the second stanza. Jefferson ended the first half with 13
Charlotte won only its second road game of the year (2-11)…Jumaine Jones
scored 15 points off the bench with seven rebounds for the Bobcats…Nets’
guard Jason Kidd had eight points and 10 assists…New Jersey is 0-12 this
season when trailing after the third quarter.