Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/7

Game 1: Wednesday, December 7th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 14th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 15th
Game 4: Thursday, April 6th

Bobcats 91

(6-17, 2-11 away)

Nets 83


    7:30 PM ET, December 14, 2005

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 19 15 27 3091
    NJ 22 18 18 2583

    Top Performers

    Cha: B. Knight 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 5 Stl

    NJ: R. Jefferson 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Knight, Bobcats snap eight-game skid

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets are going so bad right now they made Charlotte look good.

    Brevin Knight scored a season-high 25 points and the Bobcats snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 91-83 victory Wednesday night over the struggling Nets.

    Charlotte was a loss from tying the longest losing streak in the NBA this season, co-owned by Atlanta and Toronto. But the Bobcats outscored the Nets 19-4 to start the third quarter and never trailed again as boos and jeers rained down on the home team from all corners of Continental Airlines Arena in the second half.

    Richard Jefferson scored 25 points and Vince Carter had 22 for New Jersey, which lost its third straight game and fourth in a row at home. One of the other home losses was to a 2-15 Toronto team on Dec. 3.

    Regardless, the win felt good to the Bobcats.

    "It felt like we won the championship," said Knight, who grew up in nearby Essex County. "It's been a long time since we've had that feeling."

    Knight made two plays during one key sequence in the fourth quarter that helped hold off the Nets.

    With Charlotte leading 70-66, he stole the ball from Jefferson on a fast break and hit a jumper at the other end to give the Bobcats a 72-66 lead with 4:32 left. Melvin Ely followed with a 3-point play to extend the lead to nine and New Jersey never got closer than six the rest of the game.

    "It all boiled to down to decisions. I think at critical junctures we made some pretty good decisions," said Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "In our last four games we had deficits and then we took the lead, but we haven't made good decisions when we've had the ball."

    Most of the tempo was provided by Knight, who had seven assists and zero turnovers. Tuesday night in a 101-85 loss to Denver, he handed out a season-high 16 assists.

    "He's had to do a lot of things because we haven't been making shots from the perimeter," said Bickerstaff.

    Jumaine Jones scored 15 points off the bench Wednesday and Emeka Okafor added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte, which had last won on Nov. 26 against Washington.

    After Wednesday night's loss, Nets coach Lawrence Frank took the unusual step of not addressing his players after the game.

    "Sometimes you just don't say anything," he said. "You just bring it in and deal with it the next day."

    Kidd and Carter did share their feelings.

    "Somethings's got to change," Carter said. "We're in a slump. I think we are still a team that believes in each other. We have to decide what we want to be and who we are. The time is now."

    Kidd, who didn't take a shot in the first half when he seemed to be playing in a fog, finished shooting 3-for-9 for 8 points with 10 assists.

    When asked if the team was in danger of falling apart, he replied, "We'll soon find out. I hope not. I hope everybody still is confident we can turn everything around. In this league, everybody becomes fragile when things don't go well. We'll soon find out."

    Game notes

    New Jersey fell to 0-12 when trailing after three quarters ... Nets G Zoran Planinic, whom the Nets are rumored to be shopping, was inactive ... Charlotte C Jake Voskuhl sat out with an ankle sprain and teammate Gerald Wallace was inactive with a sprained right index finger ... Knight exchanged a hug and conversed at courtside during halftime with an old friend: New Jersey acting Gov. Richard J. Codey, who also represents Essex County in New Jersey's legislature.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 83
    FGM-FGA 34-79 (.430) 30-79 (.380)
    3PM-3PA 2-9 (.222) 3-14 (.214)
    FTM-FTA 21-35 (.600) 20-26 (.769)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-50 13-51
    Assists 16 21
    Turnovers 13 15
    Steals 9 4
    Blocks 8 3
    Fast Break Points 10 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 27 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 11 11

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Brevin Knight Knight
    Points: 25
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0
    Richard Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 25
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0