Kemba Walker scored a season-high 31 points, including two game-clinching free throws in the closing seconds, to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 95-91 victory over the reeling Brooklyn Nets.
Walker made 12-of-20 shots from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and also pulled down five rebounds and dished out two assists during Wednesday night's game at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.
Guard Gerald Henderson and reserve Ramon Sessions added 13 points apiece for the Bobcats, who ended a seven-game losing streak against the Nets.
"We're playing together. We're playing for each other. We're out there battling and we want to win. We're out there on the court doing whatever's possible to win," Walker was quoted as saying on the NBA's official Web site.
Brooklyn, meanwhile, suffered its third straight defeat and sixth loss in its last seven games despite a big night from center Andray Blatche, who came off the bench to score 25 points and haul down seven rebounds
Shooting guard Joe Johnson and reserve swingman Alan Anderson each made four 3-pointers and finished the game with 19 points and 16 points, respectively, for the Nets, who are struggling to find continuity while struggling with injuries to key players.
Center Brook Lopez missed his third straight game with a sprained ankle, while point guard Deron Williams returned to the lineup on Wednesday but left after 13 minutes after landing on Walker's foot following a jumper and re-injuring his sprained left ankle.
Veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, acquired from the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster offseason trade, both had quiet nights.
Pierce scored 12 points after making just three of his 11 field-goal attempts, while Garnett led the Nets with eight rebounds but scored only four points on 2-of-2 shooting from the field.
The Nets were touted as championship contenders at the start of the season but have struggled out of the gate under rookie head coach Jason Kidd and saw their record fall to 3-8 with Wednesday's loss.
The Bobcats, who improved to 6-6, have been an early-season surprise and currently stand in fifth place in the top-heavy Eastern Conference. EFE