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Nets 104, Bobcats 99

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NEW YORK — Led by guard Deron Williams, who scored a game-high 25 points, the Brooklyn Nets had six players score in double figures in a 104-99 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night at Barclays Center.

The Nets won their season-best 10th straight game at Barclays Center, their longest home winning streak since 12 consecutive victories in 2005. Brooklyn is 17-2 in its last 19 home games.

Forward Joe Johnson had 20 points and eight rebounds, guard Shaun Livingston had 17 points and one steal, extending his career-high streak to 11 games with at least one steal, center Andray Blatche had 13 points and five boards and center Mason Plumlee added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Nets, who have won five out of their last six games.

Center Al Jefferson had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bobcats. Guard Gary Neal had 17 points, 15 in the second half, forward Chris Douglas-Roberts and guard Gerald Henderson scored 13 points apiece and center Cody Zeller had 10 points and six boards for the Bobcats, who dropped a second straight game after winning four in a row.

Guard Kemba Walker, who averages 17.8 points per game, was held to just seven points on 2-of-8 shooting, although he also had seven assists and four rebounds.

Brooklyn (35-31) led throughout the second half until Douglas-Roberts buried a 3-pointer with 9:16 left in the fourth to tie the score at 77.

Charlotte (33-36) took its first lead of the second half when forward Josh McRoberts converted a three-point play with 6:12 left in the fourth to put the Bobcats in front 85-82.

But Williams, who also has one or more steals in 16 straight games — the longest active streak in the NBA — answered with five straight points, including a 3-pointer, to put Brooklyn back in front 87-85 with 5:29 left in regulation.

Walker had a chance to tie it, but missed a 3-pointer with 59 seconds left in the fourth. Williams answered with an 18-footer with 37.8 seconds remaining to put Brooklyn in front 100-95.

The Nets went on a 17-5 run, capped by a 3-pointer by guard Marcus Thornton, to take a 38-25 lead, their largest of the first half.

But Douglas-Roberts responded by scoring 10 points during a 17-2 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers, to put the Bobcats in front 42-40 with 4:05 left in the second quarter.

The Nets, who shot 52 percent from the field in the first half, had a 54-46 lead at the break. Brooklyn improved to 17-2 since Jan. 1 when shooting 50 percent or better in the first half.

NOTES: Nets F Kevin Garnett missed his ninth consecutive game with back spasms. Brooklyn F Andrei Kirilenko, who missed practice Tuesday with a bruised left big toe and was listed as a game-time decision, suited up. … The Nets play the Boston Celtics on Friday in the finale of a three-game homestand. The home team will debut blue and gray sleeved jerseys that pay homage to the Brooklyn Dodgers. “I don’t know if I could have worn one as a player,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said of the sleeved jerseys. “I think it’s kind of cool though for the players. I think the players are excited about it and they’re cool. As long as they shoot the ball well, nobody complains.” … Charlotte F Chris Douglas-Roberts scored in double figures for the seventh time in 10 games. … The Bobcats return to Charlotte to face the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday in the first of three consecutive home games, including a rematch with Brooklyn on March 26.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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