Nets top Bobcats to end record skid

December 05, 2009

The Nets won for the first time this season, ending the worst start in NBA history at 18 losses by beating the Bobcats 97-91 on Friday night in East Rutherford, N.J.

Brook Lopez had 31 points and 14 rebounds, and Courtney Lee scored a career-high 27 points in his return to the starting lineup in the Nets' first game under Kiki Vandeweghe, their general manager who will coach the rest of the season.

Fans stood and cheered as the Nets won for the first time since April 13, when they also beat the Bobcats.

•Bucks coach Scott Skiles served a one-game suspension without pay for his actions toward an official Wednesday, making him the first coach to receive such a penalty in nearly seven years. ... Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan ruptured his right Achilles' tendon during practice and will have surgery Monday. He will miss a four-game trip next week. ... Warriors coach Don Nelson hasn't fully recovered from pneumonia and won't travel on the team's five-game trip.

AP

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