Bobcats' Silas hands off family business

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comMarch 10, 2012 

With assistant coach Stephen Silas taking charge for a night, and his father, head coach Paul Silas next to him, the Charlotte Bobcats fell to the New Jersey Nets 83-74 Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Charlottean Anthony Morrow scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer with under two minutes left that gave the Nets an eight-point lead.

Small forward Corey Maggette led the Bobcats with 15 points, while rookie center Bismack Biyombo finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Paul Silas informed the players just before the game that Stephen would be functioning as head coach Friday. It's no secret Silas wants his son to succeed him as Bobcats coach and Paul Silas' contract with the Bobcats expires after this season.

Stephen Silas did a good job coaching the team in a 20-point comeback against the Orlando Magic this week - by far their most impressive victory of the season.

Elsewhere

76ers 104, Jazz 91: Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young scored 21 points each, lifting the host 76ers.

Celtics 104, Trailblazers 86: Paul Pierce and Ray Allen each scored 22 points and host Boston rebounded from a lopsided loss and handed one to Portland.

Kevin Garnett grabbed seven defensive rebounds to move into second place on the NBA's career list with defensive rebounds since the league started keeping the stat in 1973-74. Karl Malone holds the top spot with 11,406.

Pistons 86, Hawks 85: Tayshaun Prince made a driving left-handed shot with 24.3 seconds remaining, and Detroit held on to beat Atlanta Hawks in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Cavaliers 96, Thunder 90: Antawn Jamison scored 21 points and Kyrie Irving orchestrated a decisive run in the final 3 minutes, and Cleveland snapped Oklahoma City's 14-game home winning streak in Oklahoma City.

Lakers 105, Timberwolves 102: Kobe Bryant scored 34 points and Andrew Bynum added 26 points and 10 rebounds to lift reeling Los Angeles over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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