Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Bobcats 116, Nets 111 (OT)
By Mike Mazzeo
One hundred fifty-nine minutes later, the Brooklyn Nets’ three-game road trip is over.
And it ended poorly.
The Nets, playing in their franchise-record third straight overtime game, finished the trip 1-2 after losing to the Charlotte Bobcats 116-111 on Wednesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.
What it means: Brooklyn (37-33) has lost consecutive games for the first time since a three-game losing streak from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1.
The Nets are two games behind the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division, though it could be 2½ by night’s end.
Kemba Walker and former Net Chris Douglas-Roberts did the damage for Charlotte against Brooklyn in the extra session. Walker gave the Bobcats a 114-111 lead with 43 seconds left when he hit a fadeaway jumper, and Douglas-Roberts’ long 2-pointer with 10 seconds remaining gave Charlotte a five-point lead.
The two teams split their season series at 2-2.
Deron Williams, who was a game-time decision due to illness, scored 18 of his 29 points in the first quarter. Williams extended his consecutive games with at least one steal streak to 20.
Mirza Teletovic had his first double-digit scoring game in exactly two weeks, notching 22 points and going 6-for-12 from 3-point range.
The Nets were dominated on the glass, losing the rebounding battle 49-32, including 15-3 on the offensive glass.
Brooklyn had no answer for Al Jefferson down low. He scored 35 points -- 22 in the first half -- and added 15 rebounds. Walker had 20 points and 12 assists. Charlotte shot 50 percent from the field.
Brooklyn went 17-for-37 from downtown -- and attempted a franchise-record 77 3-pointers in its past two games.
Flagrant 2: Jorge Gutierrez was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected with 6:42 remaining. Gutierrez came down hard on Cody Zeller. Gutierrez played a season-high 19 minutes and scored six points in his fifth game as a Net.
Short-handed: The Nets were without Kevin Garnett (back), Andrei Kirilenko (ankle) and Marcus Thornton (back). Garnett missed his 14th consecutive game, while Kirilenko missed his second consecutive game and 33rd overall this season.
Up next: The Nets return home and face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night at Barclays Center.