Rapid Reaction: Nets 105, Bobcats 89

NEW YORK -- The old guys still got it.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combined for 35 points on 14-for-20 shooting, leading the Brooklyn Nets to an easy 105-89 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday at Barclays Center.

Figures it would be retro night on Derek Jeter retirement day.

What it means: The Nets (24-26) have won 11 of their past 13 home games, including four straight.

The last time they were within two games of .500? Nov. 15 (3-5).

They have won 18 straight games when leading at halftime, and improved to 15-0 when holding their opponents to fewer than 95 points and 22-1 when leading after three quarters.

Pierce finished with 25 points overall on 9-for-11 shooting (5-for-5 from 3-point range), while Garnett added 10 points on 5-for-9 from the field. Deron Williams, Andray Blatche and Mirza Teletovic each had 13.

Fueled by 14 points from Pierce, the Nets outscored the Bobcats 35-19 in the third quarter, turning a six-point game into a rout and allowing Brooklyn to rest its starters in the final period.

Al Jefferson had just one point after the first quarter. He finished with 12.

Garnett was assessed his eighth technical of the season in the first half.

Up next: The second half of a back-to-back. This time Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. The Nets are 2-9 in the second game of such sets.