In another comeback effort wasted by the Nets, New Jersey lost a 91-84 contest on the road against the Charlotte Bobcats in overtime. It was their second straight overtime game and drops them to 6-14 on the year.
This game certainly looked like the 11th and 12th seeds were playing early on. Both teams struggled from the field, and it looked downright ugly at times.
Jordan Farmar was on fire early, scoring eight of the Nets first 12 points. He set up his teammates well and continued his confident play in his second start of the season.
A 9-0 run gave Charlotte the lead with four minutes to go in the first quarter. Ben Uzoh gave Farmar a breather, and New Jersey could not buy a basket without Farmar on the floor. The Bobcats led 18-16 after one.
The second quarter opened with back and forth sloppy play on both sides, with the Nets chucking air balls and missing dunks. It took the Nets three minutes to score their first points of the quarter. Luckily, the Bobcats had their own troubles, committing turnovers and offensive fouls. Neither team registered a field goal for the first four and a half minutes of the quarter.
Anthony Morrow, who is from Charlotte, picked up where he left off after the triple overtime thriller from Wednesday, knocking in five straight points midway through the second. He hit his first three-point attempt which moved him into first place ahead of Steve Kerr in career three-point shooting percentage. His rank will fluctuate as he records more attempts.
Brook Lopez didn’t score until the 4:34 mark in the second quarter. The Bobcats dominated the Nets on the glass, but Charlotte was unable to pull away, leading only 33-32 at half.
Nazr Mohammed recorded eight points and eight rebounds in the half, and Boris Diaw scored six points with 11 rebounds for the Bobcats.
Travis Outlaw scored 10 of the 32 Nets points in the half. This was the smallest output of first half points all season for New Jersey.
The Bobcats came out hot to start the second half and opened up a 13-point lead. Stephen Jackson hit a few clutch shots. He missed Charlotte’s last game due to a suspension for verbally abusing an official.
The Nets trailed by as many as 16 points, but they starting chipping away at Charlotte’s lead. All of a sudden, the Nets went on a 12-0 and trailed by only four with eight minutes to play. Gerald Wallace knocked down some big shots to increase the lead back to nine.
But the Nets did not give up. Farmar hit a tough three to cut the lead to two. The Nets fouled which sent Wallace to the line. He actually missed both free throws but the rebound deflected off of Lopez, giving the Bobcats possession with only 10 seconds left.
The inbound pass was stolen by Outlaw, who was immediately fouled by Wallace. Outlaw hit two clutch free throws to tie the game at 79 and send it into overtime. The Nets only 16 points each of the first three quarters but exploded for 31 in the fourth.
Jackson was forced to leave with a cramp early in the overtime period, giving the Nets some hope. But New Jersey once again struggled from the field; they were only 1-of-11 in overtime. Jackson returned and made all of his free throws.
Outlaw led the Nets with 21 points, and Morrow chipped in with 19. It was a rare night that both players performed well during the same game. Too bad it was in a losing effort.
Farmar recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists. Lopez had a tough night—13 points on 3-of-10 shooting.
Jackson led all scorers with 25 points. D.J. Augustin contributed with 15.
Wallace, Diaw and Mohammed all recorded double-doubles for Charlotte.
The Nets have now dropped three straight and have a tough schedule coming up against the Celtics, Hawks, Mavericks and Lakers.
For what it’s worth, Terrence Williams put up a triple-double in his D-League debut.