Nets Fall to Hornets With a Fourth-Quarter Collapse

NEW ORLEANS LA - JANUARY 22: Marco Belinelli #8 of the New Orleans Hornets shoots the ball during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the New Orleans Arena on January 22 2011 in New Orleans Louisiana. The Hornets defeated the Spurs 96-72. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The return of Deron Williams and the debut of Gerald Wallace were spoiled on Saturday night, as the Nets blew a late lead, falling to the Hornets 102-94 at the Prudential Center.

The Nets grabbed the lead early, but didn't have much breathing room until they went on a 12-2 run late in the third quarter. The led by 12 at the end of the period, but the Hornets came all the way back and tied the game with 3:49 to go in the fourth.

The Hornets took a one-point lead on a Jarrett Jack three with 1:28 left, and after Deron Williams missed two shots to get the lead back, Chris Kaman hit a long two at the shot clock buzzer. Williams missed on another drive and Marco Belinelli then hit a dagger three, again at the end of the shot clock, with 16.8 seconds left.

A pair of Jack free throws concluded a 12-0 run to end the game for New Orleans.

The Hornets shot 51 percent from the field, while the Nets shot just 42 percent. Williams finished with 20 points and 12 assists, but made just nine of his 24 shots. Anthony Morrow had 20 as well, and Gerald Green added 16. Wallace had 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 37 minutes. Netither DeShawn Stevenson, who's started 26 games for the Nets, nor Sundiata Gaines, who started Friday vs. Orlando, played a minute vs. New Orleans.

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