Nets End Record 18-Game Skid
Beat Bobcats to exit worst season start in NBA history
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 5, 2009 6:23 AM CST
New Jersey Nets' Brook Lopez, right, dunks the ball over Charlotte Bobcats' Nazr Mohammed during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 4, 2009 in East Rutherford, N.J.    (Bill Kostroun)
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(Newser) – The New Jersey Nets ended the worst start in NBA history—18 losses—by beating the Charlotte Bobcats 97-91 last night. Brook Lopez had 31 points and 14 rebounds, and Courtney Lee scored a career-high 27 points in his return to the starting lineup for the Nets in their first game under Kiki Vandeweghe, the GM who will coach the rest of the season.

Fans stood and cheered in the final minute as the Nets, who set the record for worst start with their loss to Dallas on Wednesday night, won for the first time since April 13, when they also beat the Bobcats. Players hugged at center court after the final buzzer, with Vandeweghe standing and clapping in front of the bench.