WHAT IT MEANS: Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo must’ve said all the right things at halftime.
The Nets came out of the locker room and outscored the Charlotte Bobcats 28-9 in the third quarter -- 56-25 in the second half -- en route to a 99-78 victory over Wednesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.
In beating the NBA’s worst team for the sixth straight time, Brooklyn (35-26) snapped a two-game losing streak. The Nets are 20-3 against sub-.500 teams this season, 15-13 on the road and 21-12 under Carlesimo.
Brooklyn shot 50.7 percent and went 13-for-27 from the 3-point stripe. The Nets turned it over 24 times and have turned it over 65 times in their last three games.
Deron Williams continues to surge in the second half. The 28-year-old point guard led the Nets with 20 points and eight assists. He has scored 20 or more points in four of his past five games.
TIGHTENING IT UP: Carlesimo did in fact keep his rotation at 10 until the outcome was already very much decided. Kris Humphries, as expected, did not play. Mirza Teletovic had three points in 14 mintues.
GLASS WORK: Reggie Evans, who was 2-for-19 from the field with 13 turnovers in his previous eight games, went 3-for-4 on Wednesday night and ripped down 16 rebounds. Gerald Wallace shot 1-for-7 from the field, but came up with five blocks and eight rebounds.
THIRD IS THE GOOD WORD: The NBA’s worst third quarter team lit it up in the period, at one point connecting on nine consecutive shots. They went 12-for-17 overall and got 24 points combined from Johnson (10), Williams (eight) and Lopez (six). The Bobcats went 3-for-19 from the field. Charlotte’s nine points was Brooklyn’s fewest allowed in any quarter this season.
FIRST HALF OF HORRORS: The Bobcats closed the first half on a 19-8 run to take a 53-43 lead into the break. Lopez attempted just two shots and the Nets were outscored in the paint 30-10. They shot just 36.4 percent from the field, committed 12 turnovers and allowed the Bobcats to connect on 50 percent of their shots.
THE MIRZA EFFECT: The Nets made just two of their first seven shots and trailed 16-6. Then Teletovic came in. He and Keith Bogans ignited the Nets, who hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter and trailed 29-26 after one.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Wizards on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.