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The Bobcats, who needed late-game heroics to beat struggling Washington and Minnesota in the two games before the All-Star break, couldn't mount a comeback this time.
"I told our coaches early in the game that I've seen this the last three weeks," Bobcats coach Larry Brown said. "I think we've lost a lot of defensive intensity."
The Nets blew an early 24-13 lead with similar miscues that have plagued their season -- a shot-clock violation, 8-second violation and Harris dribbling the ball off his foot out of bounds.
Jackson banked in a long jumper to beat the shot clock and tie it at 52 at halftime.
But the Charlotte run never happened. With Lee hitting from the outside and the Bobcats still not getting back on defense, the Nets built an 82-73 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Neither Bobcats owner Bob Johnson nor part-owner Michael Jordan were in their courtside seats a day after Brown said Jordan is doing everything he can to buy majority control of the team.
Maybe it was a good thing they missed the Nets win on the road for the first time since Dec. 8 at Chicago.
"We're going to try and build some momentum," center Josh Boone said. "That's what we need."
NOTES: With the Bobcats seeking a PF before the trade deadline, backup PG D.J. Augustin's name keeps coming up in trade talk. "You can't let it mess up your game or your focus," he said. "If it happens it happens." ... Nets C Tony Battie (illness) didn't make the trip. ... Nets coach Kiki Vandeweghe, who played for Brown at UCLA, called him "probably the best coach I've ever played for." ... Belmont Abbey routed Johnson & Wales 99-26 in a college matinee before the NBA game. Hayes sat in the stands watching his brother, Jonas, a Belmont Abbey assistant.
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