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Sunday, January 22, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Nets 97, Bobcats 87

By Mike Mazzeo




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WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets didn’t hate Prudential Center in the first half of Sunday night’s game against the hapless Bobcats. They shot 50 percent, in the opening 24 minutes, scored a season-high 58 points and rode a 16-point halftime lead to a 97-87 victory. It’s the first time the Nets have won the second half of a back-to-back this season (1-5).

Point guard Deron Williams -- the arena hater himself -- had 17 of his 19 points in the first half, while adding 10 assists and nine rebounds. Rookie MarShon Brooks chipped in 20 points and six rebounds on 9-for-17 shooting -- eight of them coming in the fourth quarter. Anthony Morrow had 19 points off the bench. The Nets (5-12) led by as many as 19.

TURNING POINT: The first quarter. After the opening 12 minutes, the Nets led 28-21 -- just the third time in 17 games they led after the first. D-Will had 11 of the Nets’ 28 first-quarter points -- one short of their season-high.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Shawne Williams, who had missed the previous four games with shin splints, returned with a bang. With 4:54 left in the second quarter, the small forward drove baseline and threw down a one-handed slam. Plus he was fouled. Plus he made the free throw.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Nets are just 10-for-50 from 3-point range in their last two games.

OF NOTE: Due to the NFC Championship game taking place at the same time, the upper deck was mostly empty. GM Billy King, assistant GM Bobby Marks and CEO Brett Yormark sat on the floor.

UP NEXT: Nets at Bulls, Monday night, 8 p.m.