Charlotte Bobcats-New Jersey Nets: Wallace Big in 'Cats Win, TOs Kill Nets Again

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Charlotte Bobcats-New Jersey Nets: Wallace Big in 'Cats Win, TOs Kill Nets Again
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A mad scramble in the final seconds featuring two missed shots by the New Jersey Nets' Travis Outlaw ended Wednesday's game and gave the Charlotte Bobcats their first win of the season, 85-83.

Outlaw, who has struggled for the most part so far, had shooters open for three on both of his attempts; the second of which was a very bad, rushed shot that came with six seconds left.

That second attempt resulted in a loose ball that was not recovered until the final buzzer sounded.  Concerning for the Nets is that Brook Lopez appeared to have his left arm trapped between a man and the floor as he dove for the ball.

A trainer quickly rushed to Lopez, who was grabbing at his shoulder as walked off the court.  There is no word yet on the severity of the injury or, hopefully for New Jersey, lack of one.

Down 79-69 with 4:48 left, Charlotte went on a 16-4 run to close out the game.

Charlotte's leading scorer was Boris Diaw, who finished with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting, but the night belonged to Gerald Wallace who added 11 rebounds to his 20 points.

The Bobcats had 12-point contributions from Stephen Jackson, who struggled for most of the night before coming alive in the fourth quarter, and Nazr Mohammed.  Jackson also had six assists and point guard D.J. Augustin dished out seven dimes of his own.

Devin Harris led the charge for the Nets with 19 points and eight assists, with Lopez's 17 points and six rebounds not far behind.

Derrick Favors and Anthony Morrow were also solid contributors with 11 points each, although Morrow struggled with his shot.  Favors also added eight rebounds as he is making it hard for the Nets to trade him, if they are still thinking of doing so.

The story of the night for New Jersey, again, was turnovers.  They finished the night with 17 and it continues to be an area where improvement is needed.

The three-point shooting that was crucial to the Nets' first two wins of the season was off for most of the game, with the team going 5-of-17 from behind the arc. 

It was the second time in as many games that New Jersey struggled with the three-ball.  Not surprisingly, the team has now lost two in a row.

The Nets were also slow on their rotations at times, as they have been to this point, but there were stretches of improved defense.

Outlaw, to the surprise of many, received a pretty nice sized contract over the summer, but may be playing himself off the floor.

Despite starting, he played just under 22 minutes and it's possible he would not even had been in the game at the end had Terrence Williams not found himself in foul trouble.

Williams, who struggled with turnovers in his first three games, was solid on the night with six points, five rebounds and four assists in nearly 21 minutes of play.

Giving the ball away is what has kept Williams on the bench and if he can consistently play like he did tonight without racking up the fouls he should begin to see starter-type minutes.

Troy Murphy saw his first action of the season, but was clearly rusty and will play limited minutes until his legs are back under him.

Charlotte was winless coming into the game, but they were a playoff team a year ago, so it is at least encouraging that the Nets came so close to beating them despite their miscues.

That being said, scoring just four points after being up by 10 with under five minutes to go is, quite possibly, equally discouraging.

The road does not get any easier for New Jersey this week as they will play back-to-backs against Orlando and Miami this weekend.

We'll find out very early on how the Nets will respond to adversity.

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