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Nets Finally Get Win No. 1

The Nets finally did it. In Kiki Vandeweghe's first game on the bench, the Nets ended their record-breaking streak with a 97-91 win over the Bobcats at the Izod Center Friday night. The game was close most of the way and the Nets trailed by one heading into the fourth, but took a 76-71 lead with a 7-0 run early in the period. After the Bobcats tied the game with just over two minutes to go, the Nets answered with another 7-0 run to grab a 93-86 lead with 1:26 left, and they held on from there. Brook Lopez led the way with 31 points and 14 rebounds. It was Lopez's third career 30-and-10 game, tieing Sam Bowie for the most by a Nets center. Courtney Lee, back in the starting lineup, finished with a career-high 27 points on 11-16 shooting. Lee also had three steals and is averaging 4.9 per 48 minutes since his return from a strained groin. The Nets shot just 39 percent from the field, but forced 18 turnovers on the other end. Nets turned it over only seven times.