Jackson has 17 as Bobcats beat Nets in Izod finale

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Stephen Jackson had 17 points and nine rebounds and the Charlotte Bobcats got a big game from their bench to beat New Jersey 105-95 Monday night in the Nets' final game at the Izod Center in the Meadowlands.

Gerald Henderson led the bench crew with 14 points, while fellow reserves Tyrus Thomas and D.J. Augustin added 13 and 11.

With Miami's win over Philadelphia earlier Monday, the Bobcats were cemented into the No. 7 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and will meet the defending conference champion Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs this weekend.

Devin Harris had 22 points and Terrence Williams added 21 and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who will play the next two seasons at the Prudential Center in Newark, before moving into a new arena in Brooklyn in 2012.

The victory was the ninth in 12 games for the Bobcats, who gave starting small forward Gerald Wallace the night off so he could rest his bruised left shoulder for the playoffs.

Charlotte blew a 15-point halftime lead and had to rally late in the third quarter with Jackson leading a six-point run to go ahead 81-77 heading to the fourth quarter.

After the teams exchanged a couple of baskets, Augustin hit a baseline jumper and Henderson, who also had seven rebounds, converted a three-point play to push the lead to 90-81.

Tyson Chandler added a free throw and Thomas made two more to stretch the advantage to 93-81 and New Jersey never got close again.

The Nets finished 655-518 in the Meadowlands.

Bobcats coach Larry Brown was the Nets coach when they played their first game in what was then Brendan Byrne Arena, losing 103-99 to the Knicks.

Brown was back for the last game and walked away with a win this time.

Trailing by 15 at the half, the Nets opened the third quarter with an 18-5 spurt and eventually took a 74-73 lead rebound follow by Yi Jianlian with 3:16 left in the quarter.

Jackson then sandwiched a jumper and a strong driving layup around a basket by Boris Diaw to give Charlotte a 79-74 lead.

Harris had 12 of the Nets' 33 points in the quarter in which coach Kiki Vandeweghe played his starters almost the entire period.

NOTES: Henderson had two highlight-reel plays late in the second quarter with a dunk over Nets G Devin Harris and a reverse play with a pump fake. ... Thomas returned to the Bobcats' lineup after missing three games with a dislocated right thumb. ... Nets reserve F Kris Humphries injured his right elbow in the first half and did not return. ... Backup point guard Keyon Dooling was inactive with a groin injury, while starting small forward Jarvis Hayes missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. ... The teams split four games this season.