Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/30

Game 1: Tuesday, November 30th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 21st
Game 3: Friday, February 25th
Game 4: Monday, March 28th

Bobcats 86

(3-10, 0-6 away)

Nets 99

(3-11, 2-6 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 30, 2004

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 20 26 14 2686
    NJ 27 23 22 2799

    Top Performers

    Cha: E. Okafor 26 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk

    NJ: R. Jefferson 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk

    Charlotte 0-6 on the road

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Richard Jefferson and the New Jersey Nets finally struck the right balance to end a nine-game losing streak.

    Jefferson scored 23 points and Eric Williams had a season-high 22 to help the Nets to a 99-86 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.

    "We've been close a couple of times," Jefferson said. "This was the first time in a while that our defense and our offense were equal. Guys hit shots and made stops."

    The Nets, playing their first home game following an 0-4 Western trip, had four players in double figures. Alonzo Mourning scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, and Jason Collins scored 10.

    The Nets could smile after a game for the first time since a 64-60 win over the Portland Trailblazers on Nov. 9.

    "It was nice to get a win," Williams said. "It didn't matter who we played. I just wanted to get that nasty taste out of my mouth."

    It was Emeka Okafor and the Bobcats who needed a breath freshener.

    "It was like when your mother cooked something that didn't taste right," Okafor said. "One ingredient was missing. There was one ingredient missing and I don't know what it was."

    Okafor led Charlotte with 26 points and 12 rebounds, the rookie's fifth consecutive double-double. Jason Hart added 15 for the Bobcats, who dropped to 0-6 on the road.

    The Nets led 50-46 at the half behind Jefferson's 14 points. Okafor was the leading scorer in the half with 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting.

    The Nets extended the lead with a solid third quarter in which they outscored the Bobcats 22-14. New Jersey opened a 12-point lead when Travis Best stole the ball from Okafor for a give-and-go breakaway with Jefferson. Best scored on the return feed with 3:10 remaining to give New Jersey a 66-54 advantage.

    New Jersey opened the fourth quarter with 7-2 run for a 79-64 lead that put the game out of reach. Zoran Planinic was the catalyst with five points in the spurt. The Nets led by as many as 17 in the fourth to end a four-game home losing streak.

    "The coaches did a bad job, the players did a bad job," Bobcats coach and general manager Bernie Bickerstaff said. "Collectively, we were just nonexistent tonight."

    Game notes

    Nets coach Lawrence Frank said he will meet with Jason Kidd on Thursday to discuss the point guard's progress in his comeback from left knee surgery. Kidd could rejoin the team for practice as soon as Friday. ... The Nets entered the game ranked last in the NBA in scoring at 81.5 ppg and field-goal shooting at .401 while leading the league in turnovers at 18.38. ...The 99 points were the most the Nets have scored in regulation this season. ... Jefferson scored 20-plus points for the 11th time this year.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 86 99
    FGM-FGA 35-84 (.417) 38-72 (.528)
    3PM-3PA 2-10 (.200) 1-4 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 14-19 (.737) 22-29 (.759)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-31 14-42
    Assists 22 22
    Turnovers 13 17
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 5 7
    Fast Break Points 5 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (2/0) 23 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Emeka Okafor Okafor
    Points: 26
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3
    Richard Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 23
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1