Nets haunted by another ghost from Jersey
By Jason Schott - @JESchott19
For the second straight game the Nets lost in overtime and the difference was another former New Jersey Net. Just as Anthony Morrow played a big part in New Orleans' win over the Nets on Monday night, Chris Douglas-Roberts scored five points in overtime to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 116-111 win over the Nets on Wednesday night.
Douglas-Roberts had 16 points overall on 6-for-14 from the field and five rebounds.
Every game on this three-game road trip went to overtime and it marked the first time in Nets history that three consecutive games went to overtime. They won the first one in Dallas on Monday night in a comeback victory, they lost Monday night in New Orleans in a game in which they coughed up a 22-point third quarter lead, and were lucky to get this one in Charlotte to overtime as the Bobcats dominated for most of the way.
The Bobcats dominated due to the Nets' not having an answer for Al Jefferson, who scored 35 points on 15-for-27 from the field. Jefferson also hauled in 15 rebounds. Kemba Walker also had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
The Nets and Charlotte played a very even, almost dull, first half, and the Nets had a 59-58 halftime lead. The Bobcats opened the third with a nice run and jumped out to a 72-66 lead halfway through the third on a Jefferson jumper.
The Bobcats maintained a five-point lead for most of the second half. The Nets pulled to within four, at 94-90 on a Jorge Gutierrez jumper with 7:18 remaining. Less than a minute later, Gutierrez was caught in the air defending Cody Zeller and, as he landed, hit Zeller in the shoulder near the head. Gutierrez was given a flagrant two foul, which warranted his ejection from the game. This was a tough call and possibly the wrong call (not a shock with Danny Crawford as the lead ref in this one) as Gutierrez's hit was not deliberate. He lost his balance, so the intent was not as clear as other hits near the head would appear. Either way, it was a sad end to a night in which Gutierrez gave the Nets quality minutes in place of Marcus Thornton. Gutierrez finished with 6 points on a perfect 3-for-3 from the field, 2 assists, and 2 rebounds in 19 minutes.
Zeller hit the two free throws off the tech, and Charlotte retained possession, which turned into a Josh McRoberts basket and a 98-90 lead for Charlotte. The Nets were not done yet, as Mirza Teletovic and Deron Williams hit back-to-back threes to make it 98-96 Bobcats. A bit later, the Nets finally tied it at 103 on a Williams layup with 59 seconds left.
Walker hit a jumper to give Charlotte the lead with 36 seconds left, and Williams responded with a long jumper to tie the game at 105 with 26 seconds left. It looked like it could have been a three, but Williams' right foot was on the line, and as YES announced Jim Spanarkel pointed out, as a shooter, your right foot naturally goes forward, and that was the difference in the Nets tying or taking the lead.
Charlotte had 26 seconds left, but the Nets had a foul to give, and they used it with 7 seconds left, as Williams fouled Walker. The Bobcats had a sloppy possession after that, and Walker lost the ball before getting off a shot as time expired. In overtime, Douglas-Roberts' three with 2:35 left that gave Charlotte a 112-108 lead sealed the win.
The Nets fall to 37-33, and this dropped them to 2 1/2 games behind the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division race. The Raptors beat the Celtics, and it was their first win in Boston in six years.