Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 12/26

Game 1: Friday, December 26th
Game 2: Saturday, December 27th
Game 3: Monday, April 13th

Nets 114

(15-15, 10-4 away)

Bobcats 103

(11-20, 8-11 home)

    Coverage: YES

    7:00 PM ET, December 27, 2008

    Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    NJ 22 25 25 24 18114
    CHA 26 21 19 30 7103

    Top Performers

    NJ: V. Carter 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast

    Cha: G. Wallace 32 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Carter (28), Harris (26) help Nets pull away in overtime

    Associated Press

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The New Jersey Nets are at their best on the road.

    Vince Carter scored 28 points and the Nets got support from their bench in overtime to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 114-103 on Saturday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Vince Carter scored 28 points and Devin Harris added 26, helping the Nets split a home-and-home with the Bobcats.

    • New Jersey improved to 10-4 on the road this season (5-11 at home).

    • Saturday's win marked the 11th time Harris has scored 25-plus points this season. He had three such games last year.

    • Bobcats coach Larry Brown fell to 3-5 against his former teams this season.

    -- ESPN research

    Devin Harris added 26 points, and reserves Jarvis Hayes and Josh Boone added 14 and 12 points, respectively, for New Jersey, which improved to 10-4 in road games this season.

    "It's kind of an 'us against the world' mentality," Carter said. "Coming into somebody else's building and wanting to get some roadkill ... it's good for us. Winning games like this, I don't care who the team is, will help."

    The Nets are one of four NBA teams to have won 10 or more games on the road this season, and their road record is just behind defending league champion Boston and Orlando, both at 10-3. New Jersey is only 5-11 at home.

    "With a team like ours, we need to put forth the extra effort," Harris said. "We need to win the hustle game and do the little things to push us forward a little bit more. ... We'll figure out the home thing later, but we just continue to get wins. That's what we need to do."

    Gerald Wallace scored 32 points. Raja Bell added 18, Emeka Okafor had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Raymond Felton scored 13 points for Charlotte, which had defeated New Jersey 95-87 in East Rutherford, N.J., just 24 hours earlier.

    "We played hard, we played aggressive and we did everything we could do to put ourselves in a position to win the game," said Wallace, who had 16 points in the fourth quarter alone as the Bobcats rallied from an eight-point deficit to tie it at 96 and force overtime.

    However, the Nets opened the extra period with a dunk by Boone, followed by Keyon Dooling's 3-pointer, to take the lead.

    "Boone had been struggling during the game ... but he comes out of a slip and gets a great dunk," New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said. "You've got to give our guys a great deal of credit. They showed a great deal of grit and mental toughness."

    Charlotte pulled within 101-99 on Okafor's dunk with 2:55 remaining, but Dooling hit a short jumper, followed by Hayes' 3-pointer, to kick off an 11-2 run that put New Jersey up 112-101 with 52 seconds left, its biggest lead of the game.

    "Give them credit -- they made plays," Bobcats coach Larry Brown said. "Vince found open people ... and we missed two layups to start overtime. Then we're playing uphill, and they made shots."

    Charlotte, which had won four of its last five games, had a tougher time with the Nets in Saturday's game, swapping the lead six times and tying the score twice in the first quarter alone.

    The Bobcats extended their lead to 10 points midway through the second quarter, with Nazr Mohammed's layup with 7:59 left putting them ahead 37-27. But New Jersey went on a 12-2 run, capped by Carter's 3-pointer, to tie it at 39 with 3:27 remaining.

    Bell nailed a 3-pointer with 23 seconds remaining to make it 47-all at the break.

    However, the Nets pulled ahead in the second half, going up 77-69 on Trenton Hassell's 3-pointer with 9:56 left in the fourth quarter. The Bobcats fought back to briefly lead, going up 87-85 on Wallace's three-point play with 5:12 left.

    After tying the score twice, New Jersey pulled ahead 96-93 with 31 seconds remaining on a pair free throws by Hayes, but Felton's three-point play 5 seconds later sent the game into overtime.

    Game notes

    Bell left the game with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter after he came up limping while battling for the ball under the Bobcats' basket. Team officials said he strained his left groin. "We'll find out tomorrow exactly how bad it is," said Bell, who had averaged 7.6 points since joining Charlotte in a trade from Phoenix on Dec. 10. "It's pretty uncomfortable right now. ... When you're pitching in the way I was offensively tonight, you don't want to leave your teammates out to dry like that." ... The loss snapped Charlotte's streak of back-to-back series wins against the same team at six games, dating to the 2006-07 season. The Bobcats have one more back-to-back series against the same team this season, against Milwaukee on Jan. 2-3. ... Charlotte was whistled for two technical fouls Saturday -- Brown with 2:19 left in the third quarter, and Wallace with 52 seconds remaining in overtime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 114 103
    FGM-FGA 38-78 (.487) 38-79 (.481)
    3PM-3PA 10-23 (.435) 6-16 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 28-33 (.848) 21-29 (.724)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-36 13-42
    Assists 20 19
    Turnovers 13 18
    Steals 10 5
    Blocks 3 7
    Fast Break Points 12 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 25 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 11 10

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 28
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Gerald Wallace Wallace
    Points: 32
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2