Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nets 101, Hornets 97
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets survived in the Big Easy.
Despite nearly blowing a 22-point lead, the Nets knocked off the New Orleans Hornets 101-97 on Tuesday night at New Orleans Arena.
Deron Williams had a game-high 33 points for the Nets (34-24), who snapped a two-game losing streak. They are 19-2 against sub-.500 teams (at time of game played) and 20-10 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. Williams added eight assists and shot 10-for-21 from the field. It was his first 30-point game since Dec. 4.
The Nets, who went 12-for-20 from 3-point range, were ahead by 18 when a Hornet stepped on D-Will’s right hand with 9:44 left in the third quarter. The Hornets got as close as four. Williams missed his first five shots after suffering the injury but ended up sticking the dagger, a 3-pointer with 1:23 left that put the Nets up 93-84. He scored his team’s final 11 points.
The Nets were without Joe Johnson (sore left heel) for a third straight game.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Brook Lopez got the best of twin brother Robin on Tuesday night, stuffing the stat sheet to the tune of 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Lopez played in the final 5:09 of the fourth after being benched in three of the previous four final periods since the All-Star break. He had six crucial points in that span. Brook is 2-4 against Robin in his career.
CRASH: Gerald Wallace hit his first two 3-pointers since the All-Star break and finished with eight points. He had been 0-for-his-previous-7 from 3-point range. Wallace added six rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
SUPPORTING ACTORS: C.J. Watson had his sixth straight double-figure scoring effort, while Keith Bogans had nine of his 12 points in the fourth.
THIRD IS NOT THE WORD: The Nets were outscored 24-16 in the third, as the Hornets cut it to 73-65 heading into the fourth. The Nets shot 35.6 percent in the period and had five turnovers.
AT THE HALF: The Nets led by as many as 22 in the first half. D-Will had 20 points, and the Nets shot 62.2 percent -- including 6-for-8 from 3-point range. The Hornets shot just 39.5 percent.
CATCHING FIRE IN THE FIRST: The Nets shot 66.7 percent and got 24 points combined from D-Will (6-for-8) and Lopez as they led 31-20 after one.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Mavericks on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.