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NEW YORK ? With the worst team in the NBA coming to town, the Brooklyn Nets were hoping that Saturday night?s game against the Charlotte Bobcats would be over early, especially with a tough stretch of three games in four days looming.

But despite the 105-96 victory, it wasn?t as easy as initially expected. The Bobcats showed up to play even though their season has been over for a while.

It seemed as though P.J. Carlesimo and the Nets? players were slightly frustrated with the overall effort ? especially defensively ? but will take the win on their home court.

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On Saturday night, the Nets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats by a final score of 105-96.

The Skinny: The Nets dominated the interior to start, with 10 of the team?s first 12 points coming in the paint. But the Bobcats relied on offensive rebounds and second-chance points to stay in the game. Charlotte?s Gerald Henderson managed nine first-quarter points, but Brooklyn led by six after one.

Andray Blatche was unstoppable to start the second quarter, scoring the first eight Nets? points in the frame. Ben Gordon ? who the Nets had interest in at the NBA trade deadline ? and Jannero Pargo helped the Bobcats tie the game and take the lead after combining for 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting by the halfway mark of the quarter. Brook Lopez got the Nets get back close, and a fade-away jumper by Joe Johnson put Brooklyn back ahead. A Nets? bad turnover at the end of the first half led to an easy lay-up from Henderson, which gave the Bobcats a one-point lead heading into the break.

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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Nets host the NBA?s worst team by record, the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Bobcats are also a league-worst 6-32 on the road, including a 1-18 stretch since Jan. 27.

Brooklyn must not play at the Bobcats? level, especially after suffering a tough home loss to the Bulls on Thursday.

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