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Brook shoulders blame

Brook Lopez walked off the floor after the Nets troubling loss to the Bobcats clutching his left shoulder. He was among a pile of players fighting for a loose ball at the buzzer and it appeared that D.J. Augustin landed on his left shoulder in the scrum.

He said after the game that his shoulder was "all right" and he was fortunate that someone larger than the 6-0, 180-pound Augustin didn't land on him.

Lopez also took responsibility for the Nets' disappointing 85-83 loss to Charlotte. The Nets big man missed four of his five fourth-quarter shots, including an ill-advised 16-footer one possession after he turned the ball over with the Nets ahead by four.

He finished with 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting with six rebounds and five turnovers.

"I had a lot of mental lapses and I just didn't play very good," he said.

HARRIS' SHOULDER OK: Devin Harris left the game midway through the third quarter with an ailing left shoulder after he collided with Stephen Jackson.

"I'm fine," Harris said after the game. "It was just an awkward position. I tried to dip my shoulder because I realized he was going to foul me at some point. It just kind of hit me right on the AC joint and it kind of stiffened up on me a little bit."

Harris returned in the fourth to score ten of his 19 points and spark the Nets' 18-7 run to open the fourth quarter.

TROY STORY: Troy Murphy scored two points, grabbed two rebounds and had one block in 18 minutes against Charlotte in his Nets debut. Murphy started at power forward after missing the first three games of the regular season and the entire preseason with a lower back strain.

He said his timing was off but he felt no pain in his back after the game.

"It was great to be out there," the Sparta, N.J., native said.

ROOK ON A ROLL: Derrick Favors had a productive night against the Bobcats. The 19-year-old rookie had 11 points on five-of-seven shooting and had eight rebounds (four offensive) in 24 minutes against Charlotte.