- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN New York Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets didn’t play all that well but still managed to fend off the Charlotte Bobcats and retain their slim lead on the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.
Deron Williams led the Nets with 32 points -- 20 in the second half -- in their 105-96 victory over the Bobcats on Saturday night at Barclays Center.
The Nets (44-32), who had won just two of their previous seven games at home, improved to 28-4 against sub-.500 opponents and swept their season series with Charlotte (3-0).
Williams, who added six assists, hit a pair of 3-pointers to bring his total to 157 for the season -- one shy of Kerry Kittles’ single-season franchise record.
The Nets shot 48.8 percent from the field but went just five for 21 from 3-point range.
TOOTHLESS: Reggie Evans lost a tooth in the third quarter. No big deal: He didn’t even leave the game. He’s a basketball player. Evans finished with 14 points and 20 rebounds -- his eighth 20-rebound game this season.
THIRD IS THE GOOD WORD: Behind 12 D-Will points, the Nets outscored the Bobcats 30-21 in the third quarter to turn a one-point halftime deficit into an eight-point lead heading into the fourth.
INACTIVE: Kris Humphries did not play due to sinus congestion.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets didn’t play all that well but still managed to fend off the Charlotte Bobcats and retain their slim lead on the No.