Saturday, March 10, 2012
They’re going streaking!
By Mike Mazzeo
The Nets (14-27, 10-14 road) beat the Bobcats (5-33, 3-15) 83-74 on Friday night to earn their second straight victory -- just the second time this season they’ve won back-to-back games.
• Deron Williams injured himself in the second quarter and did not return due to a sore right calf. Williams has already been dealing with lingering foot and calf injuries since the All-Star break.
GM Billy King announced on Twitter via Nets PR after the game that Williams will not play on Saturday night against Houston.
• The Nets are now 4 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by virtue of the Knicks losing in Milwaukee.
• Charlotte’s 74 points were the fewest allowed by the Nets’ defense this season.
• Anthony Morrow had all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter.
• Kris Humphries had 20 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks and was far and away the best player on the court after D-Will went out.
• Jordan Farmar had 11 points, seven assists and just one turnover in place of Williams.
• The Nets shot just 36.1 percent and missed 18 of 22 3-pointers, but grabbed 56 rebounds and blocked eight shots.
• After scoring a career-high and franchise-record 57 points in Charlotte on Sunday, D-Will had seven before getting hurt.
• The last and only other time the Nets won back-to-back games this season? Jan. 25-27 in Philadelphia and Cleveland.
• Regardless of who they start, the Nets will be putting out their league-leading 18th different starting five this season. D-Will had missed just one game this season, and Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and Damion James started that game up front.
• The Nets have won their past two games when wearing their ABA throwback jerseys.