Deron Williams, Joe Johnson push Nets over Bobcats

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Deron Williams finished with 25 points and added 8 assists to help the Brooklyn Nets sneak past the Charlotte Bobcats, 104-99. The Nets were on fire in this one, going 37-75 (49.3%) from the field, including 9-20 (45.0%) from three-point range. Brooklyn (35-31) has now won eight of their last 10 games.

Williams finished 8-15 from the field (3-5 on 3-pointers) and 6-6 from the free throw line, in a strong performance. Other top contributors for Brooklyn included Joe Johnson with 20 points and 8 rebounds, and Mason Plumlee with 11 points and 7 rebounds. On 8-19 shooting, Al Jefferson put up 18 points for Charlotte in the loss. He also registered 12 rebounds. Gerald Henderson chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds and Cody Zeller finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Despite committing the fewest errors in the NBA (TO% of 12.4%), the Bobcats struggled with 15 turnovers against a Nets defense that causes the most (opponents' TO% of 34.6%). The Nets combined an eFG% of 55.3% with 45.0% 3-point shooting. They are 9-4 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Bobcats, on the other hand, are winless (0-7) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.

This drops Charlotte (33-36) to 1-2 against Brooklyn on the year.

Coming up next, the Nets square off with the Boston Celtics, who are 23-46 on the year. The Bobcats meet the Portland Trail Blazers, currently 44-24 this season. The Nets came away with a victory in two of their last three games against Boston. The Bobcats have a 0-1 record against Portland this season.

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