Questions swirling around their star point guard and a head coach firing didn’t seem to distract the Brooklyn Nets Friday night.
The Nets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 97-81, to send the Bobcats to their 17th straight loss. It’s the first victory for interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo.
Brook Lopez had 26 points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes for the Nets. Lopez found no trouble plowing through the Bobcats thin, undersized frontcourt for one of his most efficient games of the season.
Deron Williams silenced his critics temporarily with a 19 point night. Williams returned to the lineup after sitting out Wednesday with a bruised wrist. Williams though only recorded two assists, but didn’t seem to need more with he, Lopez and Joe Johnson clicking. Johnson had 16 points on the night.
It wasn’t a good night individually for any Bobcats player. The Bobcats trended back down to their usual ho-hum offensive production during their losing streak. The team shot 38.4% from the field and were led by 13 points from Hakim Warrick. Warrick had the most points in the Bobcats frontcourt, with Bismack Biyombo having just six points, and seven rebounds. Brendan Haywood had eight points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Kemba Walker, who’s been the Bobcats most consistent player, struggled going just 2-10 from the field with five points. Ramon Sessions had 13, while Ben Gordon had 10 after sitting out the past four games with a sore knee.
While the result was the same, tonight marked the first time in exactly a month that the Bobcats didn’t give up 100 points. The Nets offensive production wasn’t overly impressive. The Nets offense hasn’t been great this season, and tonight they shot just 44% from the field and 33% from three. The Bobcats held the free throw advantage once again with six more attempts.
The Bobcats will head back to the Charlotte to host the New Orleans Hornets tomorrow night. The Hornets were on a losing streak of their own before snapping it against Orlando Wednesday.