Walkers scores 31 as Bobcats beat Nets 95-91

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm •  Published: November 20, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — For the second straight season the Charlotte Bobcats are off to a strong start.

But this time around point guard Kemba Walker feels a lot more confident about the chances of sustaining that success.

The Bobcats just might if Walker continues to play as he did on Wednesday night. The third-year pro scored a season-high 31 points and the Bobcats handed the turnover-prone Brooklyn Nets their sixth loss in their past seven games 95-91.

The win lifts the Bobcats to 6-6 on the season.

They started 7-5 last season under former coach Mike Dunlap before losing 18 straight games and finishing 21-61, the second-worst record in the league. Dunlap was fired.

This season, the Bobcats are finding success despite playing nine games without their best player, center Al Jefferson, who has been in and out of the lineup with an ankle injury.

"We are capable of a lot and being really, really good," Walker said. "We just have to be more consistent. Al is definitely going to help us a lot because he draws a lot of attention.

"If I can keep on having nights like this when he comes back it will be great for us. With Gerald (Henderson) and Ramon (Sessions) and our other role players I think we'll be a tough team to play against every night."

New coach Steve Clifford believes the Bobcats haven't started to tap their potential and believes the good start isn't a mirage.

"We're defending and rebounding," Clifford said. "We have yet to play any sustained time with our best offensive player. We're playing younger guys so there is a lot of room for improvement."

Clifford said he hopes to have Jefferson back for Friday night's game against Phoenix.

The Nets, meanwhile, aren't so sure about when Deron Williams will return to the court after he sprained his ankle in the second quarter when he landed on Walker's foot and his foot twisted inward. He fell to the floor in pain, holding his ankle.

He did not return to the game and finished with four points and two assists in 14 minutes.

"We don't know how long he's going to be out but, hopefully it's a speedy recovery," Nets coach Jason Kidd said.

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