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Nets Close Izod With Loss No. 69

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Bill Kostroun - AP
Bill Kostroun - AP

The Charlotte Bobcats didn't want the worst team in the league to beat them three times this season, and they held off the Nets 105-95 in the final game at the Izod Center on Monday night.

The Bobcats took control with a 12-2 run midway through the first quarter and led by as many as 16 points late in the second. A 33-point third period brought the Nets back, but Charlotte put them away early in the fourth. The Bobcats, who have never made the playoffs before, protected their place in the playoffs with the win.  It is now cemented into the seventh spot in the East and will play the Magic next weekend.

The Nets shot just 39 percent from the field and 4-24 from 3-point range. Terrence Williams had his second straight big night, finishing with 21 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Over the last three games, TWill is averaging 21, 11.3 and 7.7.  Devin Harris led all scorers with 22 points, but shot 6-18 and had just one assist. Yi Jianlian was least on offense, tallying 14 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and zero turnovers.  Every Nets starter was in double-figures, but the bench, missing Jarvis Hayes and Keyon Dooling, was outscored 50-4.  Kris Humphries hurt his elbow in the first half and did not return.  The Nets will finish the season with an 8-33 record at home.