Nets whip Bobcats in Carlesimo’s debut

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Updated: December 29, 2012

Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) – Brook Lopez posted a double-double with 26
points and 11 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets pounded the Charlotte Bobcats,
97-81, in the debut of interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo at the Barclays
Center.

Former coach Avery Johnson was relieved of his duties on Thursday afternoon
after Brooklyn went into a 3-10 skid in December following an 11-4 start to
the season, which earned him the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month award
for November.

Deron Williams added 19 points and Joe Johnson followed with 16 in the
victory.

“It’s a tough situation, I think, for everybody. It’s a situation none of us
want to be in,” Williams said about the coaching change.

Hakim Warrick paced the Bobcats with 13 points, while Ramon Sessions and Ben
Gordon recorded 12 and 10 points, respectively, in Charlotte’s 17th straight
defeat since a double-overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Nov. 24.

Brooklyn netted the first five points of the game to grab a lead they would
hold throughout the entire contest.

The Bobcats later closed their gap to 7-4 before a Williams 3-pointer sparked
a 24-11 run over the final 8 1/2 minutes of the first quarter that gave the
Nets a 33-15 lead entering the second.

Charlotte shot just 27.8 percent (5-for-18) over the opening 12 minutes, while
Lopez led a Brooklyn attack that connected on 55 percent (11-for-20) of its
shots with 12 first-quarter points.

“It’s always tough getting off to a slow start and then trying to fight back
the entire night,” said Gordon.

The Nets maintained a double-digit lead in the second quarter until Sessions
capped a 6-0 push with a floater to bring the Bobcats within 42-33 with 4:16
remaining in the half.

Brooklyn, however, responded with four straight points by Marshon Brooks to
start a 14-5 run, giving the Nets a 56-38 advantage at the break.

Charlotte never threatened in the second half as the Bobcats trailed by 20-
plus points through the third quarter and got no closer 12 in the fourth.

Game Notes

Nets forward Kris Humphries sat out the game with a sore abdominal
muscle … Charlotte was held to just 38.4 percent shooting. The Nets have not
allowed an over 50 percent from the field in their last 11 games … Brooklyn
connected on 44.7 percent of its shots.