Deron Williams had 20 points and eight assists, Joe Johnson added 22 points, and Brooklyn Nets got a needed win over the Charlotte Bobcats, 99-78 Wednesday night.
The Nets trailed by 10 at the half, but opened the third quarter with a 21-6 run led by Williams and Johnson, and never looked back. The Bobcats managed just nine points in the third quarter on 3-of-19 shooting and were outscored 56-25 in the second half to lose their eighth straight game.
Reggie Evans grabbed 16 rebounds and Brook Lopez had 16 points and five rebounds for the Nets.
Brooklyn remains in the thick of Eastern Conference playoff race but needed a win to regain some momentum after losing four of its previous five, including two straight.
Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points and Ben Gordon added 16 for the Bobcats, who are 6-43 since starting the season 7-5.
It was almost as if the Bobcats didn't bother showing up for the second half.
They shot 10 of 40 from the field and could do little right in an...