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Nets Blow 10-point Lead, Fall to Bobcats

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The Nets were on the wrong side of the late comeback this time, blowing a 10-point lead with 5 1/2 minutes to go and falling to 2-2 with a 85-83 loss to the Bobcats at the Prudential Center on Wednesday.

It was the Bobcats' first win and best defensive performance in four tries.

It was an ugly game that was close most of the night. After spraining his left shoulder in the third quarter, Devin Harris led the Nets on a run in the fourth. But as soon as they built a 10-point lead, the Bobcats responded with a 14-2 run to go up two with a minute and a half left. After Brook Lopez tied the game, Harris was called for a foul on D.J. Augustin late in the shot clock, and Augustin put Charlotte back up two. The Nets then missed four chances to tie it on the final possession and the clock ran out as they scrambled to get one final rebound.

Both teams shot 43 percent and turned the ball over 17 times, but Charlotte had a slight advantage on the boards and at the free throw line. Harris led the Nets with 19 points and eight assists. Brook Lopez, who appeared to injured his left shoulder on the final play, added 17 points, six boards and five blocks. Derrick Favors had another strong game with 11 points and eight boards, but Troy Murphy was not a factor in his Nets debut.  Stephen Graham, Joe Smith and Ben Uzoh were inactive.