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Nets 99, Bobcats 78

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Joe Johnson scored 22 points and Deron Williams scored 20 as the Brooklyn Nets beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-78 on Wednesday night.

The Nets trailed by 10 at halftime but outscored Charlotte 28-9 in the third period and went on to lead by as many as 23 points in the fourth. The Bobcats never got closer than eight in the final period.

The Nets snapped a two-game losing streak and raised their record to 35-26. They had lost four of their previous five.

The Bobcats suffered their eighth straight loss and fell to 13-48, the worst record in the NBA.

The Nets also got 16 points from Brook Lopez and 16 rebounds from Reggie Evans.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Bobcats with 17 points, Ben Gordon scored 16, Gerald Henderson 11 and Kemba Walker 10.

The Bobcats led 53-43 at halftime, just the 17th time in 61 games they have led at the half. They hit eight of their first 11 shots and raced to an 18-6 lead. They went on to lead 29-26 after one before pushing the lead back to 12 in the second quarter. The Nets struggled offensively throughout the half, committing 12 turnovers and shooting just 36.4 percent.

The Nets then opened the third quarter with a 16-3 run, getting their first lead at 57-56 on Evans' bucket with 7:24 remaining in the period. They went on to lead 71-62 after three quarters.

NOTES: The Nets won the only previous meeting this year, 97-81 in Brooklyn on Dec. 28. The Nets had won five straight in the series coming into Wednesday night and held a 22-9 lead in the all-time series. ... The teams will meet one more time this season, at Brooklyn on April 6. ... The Nets are in a stretch during which they play 12 of 15 games on the road. Looming is an eight-game road trip later this month. ... Lopez came into the game fourth in the NBA with a 24.6 player efficiency rating, and he was the only player in the league averaging at least 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game. He was the highest-scoring center in the league at 18.8 points per game. ... The Bobcats were returning home from a dismal four-game Western trip on which they lost the four games by an average of 26.5 points. They were coming off a 122-105 loss at Portland on Monday. ... After starting the season 7-6, the Bobcats were 6-41 over their last 47 games entering Wednesday night and had lost 15 of their previous 17. ... The Bobcats remain home to face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. ... The Nets return home to face the Washington Wizards on Friday.
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