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Johnson, Williams lead Nets past Bobcats, 99-78

March 7, 2013

(O-N-E photo by Seth Mabry)

When the Brooklyn Nets started to catch fire, there was nothing the Charlotte Bobcats could do.

Joe Johnson and Deron Williams combined for 38 points, helping the Nets overcome a halftime deficit to defeat the Bobcats 99-78 at Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday.

Charlotte (13-48) shot just 38 percent from the field in the loss.

"We just had a dry spell," said Bobcats guard Ben Gordon. "We stopped doing the same things we did in the first half that got us that lead. It's tough to win when you only score 26 points in the second half.

Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led all Bobcat scorers with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field.

Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker combined to score 21 points, while Gordon was Charlotte's second-leading scorer with 16 points.

The Bobcats led 53-43 at halftime break, but a 28-9 third quarter helped the Nets pull ahead for good in the game.

Williams broke a 59-59 tie and gave the Nets the lead for good with a 3-pointer at the 5:14 mark of the third quarter.

"We really couldn't get anything going in the first half," Williams said. "We had open looks and we got confused by their zone early. We came out with a better rhythm and definitely turned up the defensive intensity. We took a step in the right direction tonight. Hopefully it continues to click for us out there."

Despite losing, the Bobcats managed to outscore the Nets in the paint, 42-26.

Charlotte will take on Oklahoma City at Time Warner Cable Arena at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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