Rapid Reaction: Nets 105, Bobcats 96

WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets didn’t play all that well but still managed to fend off the Charlotte Bobcats and retain their slim lead on the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.

Deron Williams led the Nets with 32 points -- 20 in the second half -- in their 105-96 victory over the Bobcats on Saturday night at Barclays Center.

The Nets (44-32), who had won just two of their previous seven games at home, improved to 28-4 against sub-.500 opponents and swept their season series with Charlotte (3-0).

Brook Lopez added 19 points, while Andray Blatche chipped in 16 points, and Joe Johnson had 15 on 5-for-16 shooting.

Williams, who added six assists, hit a pair of 3-pointers to bring his total to 157 for the season -- one shy of Kerry Kittles’ single-season franchise record.

The Nets shot 48.8 percent from the field but went just five for 21 from 3-point range.

TOOTHLESS: Reggie Evans lost a tooth in the third quarter. No big deal: He didn’t even leave the game. He’s a basketball player. Evans finished with 14 points and 20 rebounds -- his eighth 20-rebound game this season.

THIRD IS THE GOOD WORD: Behind 12 D-Will points, the Nets outscored the Bobcats 30-21 in the third quarter to turn a one-point halftime deficit into an eight-point lead heading into the fourth.

INACTIVE: Kris Humphries did not play due to sinus congestion.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday at 7 p.m.