NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, March 28th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (32-38) at Charlotte Bobcats (15-53), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Charlotte Bobcats will go for their first-ever three- game win streak this evening, when they host the New Jersey Nets at Charlotte Coliseum.
Charlotte has won back-to-back games, including a huge 94-92 victory over the Miami Heat at home on Saturday night. Primoz Brezec scored 12 of his career- high 27 points in the fourth quarter to anchor the Bobcats to the stunning win.
Brezec added a team-high 11 rebounds for the Bobcats, who won for just the fourth time in 18 games. Gerald Wallace added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Bobcats and Emeka Okafor scored 12 before spraining his left ankle with 3:32 remaining in the third quarter. Okafor is listed as questionable for tonight's contest.
Brevin Knight collected a game-high 16 assists to go along with five points. Knight is ranked second in the league in assists (8.8 apg) and first in assist/turnover ratio (4.22). The Stanford product has at least 15 assists in each of the last three contests.
The Bobcats shot 45.8 percent from the field, including 4-of-9 (.444) from three-point range. Charlotte hit 14-of-19 (.737) from the free throw line and was outrebounded, 46-40, in the contest.
Charlotte forward Keith Bogans missed the game because of back spasms. Bogans is listed as questionable for this evening's contest.
Charlotte, which is in the midst of a four-game homestand, has still lost nine of 13 and 14 of its last 19 home games. The Bobcats own a 12-22 mark within their friendly confines this season.
New Jersey, which still has hopes for the postseason, has dropped consecutive contests. The Nets suffered an ugly 96-75 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Continental Airlines Arena on Saturday.
Vince Carter scored 16 to lead New Jersey. Jason Kidd added a game-high 10 rebounds with eight assists and seven points in the loss. Jacque Vaughn registered 15 points, Rodney Buford tacked on 12 and Jason Collins chipped in 11.
New Jersey struggled mightily from the field in the contest, shooting just 35.6 percent. The Nets hit only 1-of-15 (.067) from three-point range and 12- of-12 from the free throw line. New Jersey was outrebounded, 53-36, in the losing effort.
The Nets have slipped 3 1/2 games behind Indiana for the final playoff slot in the East. New Jersey is a half-contest back of ninth place Orlando in the standings.
New Jersey, which has two of its next three contests on the road, is 13-22 on the road. The Nets have won four of their last six road contests.
New Jersey has swept all three meetings between these teams this season. The Nets have averaged a seven-point win over the Bobcats, including a 94-91 win at Charlotte Coliseum.
03/28 10:12:37 ET