Jefferson, Kidd lead N.J. past dinged-up Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Richard Jefferson and Jason Kidd scored
10 points apiece to lead the New Jersey Nets over the shorthanded
Charlotte Bobcats 95-76 in a preseason game Thursday night.

The Nets, who held the Bobcats to 31 percent shooting, won
despite committing 22 turnovers.

Antonio Meeking scored 14 points and fellow rookie Raymond
Felton added 10 for Charlotte.

The Bobcats were without six players, including Emeka Okafor,
who missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle.
Starting center Primoz Brezec (shin), Melvin Ely (ankle), Sean May
(knee), Matt Carroll (bicep) and Alan Anderson (knee) also sat out.

The Bobcats were so thin in the front court that undrafted
rookie D'or Fischer started at center. He had six points on 2-of-9

The Nets were without forward Marc Jackson (strained groin),
Jason Collins (knee) and Jeff McInnis (strained back).

With Jackson out, 38-year-old Clifford Robinson started at power
forward. He hit a 3-pointer in an 11-0 run that gave the Nets a
61-45 lead with 5:11 left in the third quarter.

Kidd blew past Felton with a crossover dribble and his ensuing
layup made it 65-49 with 2:56 left in the third.

New Jersey led by as many as 20 points in the final period and
Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff was ejected for picking up two
technical fouls with 2:09 left.