The Nets dropped to 6-14 in Charlotte on Friday night, thanks to an offensive performance that last season's team would have been ashamed of. They played five extra minutes, but still scored just 84 points.
"Looking for answers," tweeted Kris Humphries. "This is eating us up! Hang in there nj fans."
The Bobcats weren't much better, and the teams combined for 65 points on 29 percent shooting in the first half. The Bobcats' offense came alive in the third quarter, but the Nets' didn't. Charlotte built a 13-point late in the period and led by as many as 16 early in the fourth. A 12-0 Nets run got them back in the game and a 7-2 run in the final 1:23 of the fourth sent the game to overtime. But the ugliness returned in OT and the Nets scored just one point in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the period to seal their fate.
The Nets shot just 32 percent from the field and 5-for-25 from 3-point range. They held the Bobcats to just 36 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers, but allowed Charlotte 17 offensive rebounds. Travis Outlaw led them with 21 points on 7-for-17 shooting and Anthony Morrow added 19 on 7-for-18. Jordan Farmar had had a double-double, but Brook Lopez was held to 13 points and just two rebounds (neither on the defensive end of the floor) in 39 minutes.
“We’ve got to do a better job of team rebounding, but you’ve got to rebound your own position," Avery Johnson said about Lopez after the game. "I’m not going to be able to get out there and hold your hand every time. You’ve got to rebound your own position. That’s very disappointing.”
- Boxscore - NBA.com
- Game Highlights (Video) - NBA.com
- Jackson, Bobcats survive OT scare, beat Nets 91-84 - Mike Cranston - AP
Nets-Bobcats notebook - Derek S. Smith - NBA.com
- Nets can't shoot straight and fall to Bobcats in overtime - Al Iannazzone - The Record
Nets notes: Harris almost ready - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- Nets fall to Bobcats, 91-84, in overtime - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
Nets still not clicking more than a month into season - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
Nets fall in overtime to lowly Bobcats - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Harris gets some more rest - Fred Kerber - New York Post
Avery blasts Brook as Nets falter again - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Progression or Regression? The 6-14 Nets are playing for the future, but their highest draft picks aren't playing - Stefan Bondy - The InterNets
Offensive execution and Lopez take night off - Al Iannazzone - The Nets Insider
- Avery Johnson Interview (Video) - YES Network
- From the Booth (Video) - Ian Eagle & Jim Spanarkel - YES Network
Post Game Plus (Video) - Nancy Newman - YES Network
- Jackson returns, leads Bobcats to OT win - Rick Bonnell - Charlotte Observer
Observations: Favors still needs work - Rick Bonnell - Charlotte Observer
Bobcats defeat Nets 91-84; Diaw gets career-high 16 rebounds - David A. Arnott - Rufus on Fire