The Brooklyn Nets keep on winning at home as they extended their win-streak at the Barclays Center to 10 games when they beat the Charlotte Bobcats 104-99 on Wednesday night. Deron Williams continued his recent hot play as he led the team with 25 points and eight assists as he continues to look healthier as the season rolls along.
“Deron took control of the game and made plays on both ends,” Jason Kidd said. ”He’s making all the right basketball plays and not settling.”
D-Will had 11 points and three assists in the first half and really came alive in the fourth quarter when he scored 11 to lead the final charge. Joe Johnson was another big contributor with 20 points and eight rebounds, Shaun Livingston had 17 points, Andray Blatche had 13 and Mason Plumlee and Marcus Thornton each had 11.
The Nets led by five after the first quarter and were up by eight going into the second half. They struggled a bit in the third though and trailed 85-84 with 6:00 left to play. That’s when D-Will hit a three to take the lead and, after a steal, hit a pair of free throws to extend it to four. The Bobcats got came within two points with 1:33 to play, but Paul Pierce helped D-Will close out the game with some strong defensive play that included a pair of rebounds and a block in the final minute.
“We’re definitely confident at home,” Williams said. “There’s definitely some confidence there, and we want to keep it going.”
Andrei Kirilenko, who was a game time decision with a bruised toe, played just under 12 minutes in the game. He wasn’t effective at all though as he had just one steal and was 0-for-4 from the free throw line. Kevin Garnett missed his 10th game in a row with back spasms.
The Nets have one more game at the Barclays Center, against Boston on Friday, before they head back on the road for a three game trip to Dallas, New Orleans and Charlotte.