BROOKLYN - Tonight it was Nets vs. Hornets, Lopez brother vs. Lopez brother. One missing piece, however, was Joe Johnson who sat out with a heel injury. Luckily, the Nets didn't need Johnson because they had... wait, what? Reggie Evans? And Andray Blatche? Oh, right, and some guy named Deron Williams.
Plenty of enough talent to push back on a young Hornets team who continued to make things interesting, even though they couldn't quite take the lead from the Nets. The final result, a Nets victory, 108-98.
Williams finished with 21 points and 13 assists, while Blatche scored 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting off the bench and Evans went for six points and 13 rebounds (more on him later). Lopez -- the handsome brother -- led the way with 26 points.
In the first quarter it was a whole lotta Brook Lopez on offense (12 points) and plenty of Reggie Evans off the glass (8 rebounds). As Robin Lopez went to the bench with two fouls, the Nets went to their size early, with Lopez leading the charge.
After one, the Nets led 28-19, holding the Hornets to 36.4 percent shooting from the floor.
Brooklyn's bench struggled early in the second, letting the Hornets back into the game -- Nets 28, Hornets 27 with about nine minutes left in the second. P.J. Carlesimo had to bring Deron Williams back into the game a little earlier into the quarter than he would have liked. Williams quickly became responsible for five straight points (an assist and a wide-open three) to give the Nets a bit of a cushion.
And before you knew it, the Nets were back up 13 points midway through the quarter.
A ton of credit goes to Andray Blatche who decided to show up in the first half, scoring 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Lopez didn't play at all in the second quarter, which was, um, interesting. Still, the Nets led at the half, 57-48.
The Nets offense was a bit stagnent in the third quarter, getting nothing done early and allowing for the Hornets to quickly get back into the game. The Nets essentially went away from what was working -- points in the paint -- and missing too many long jumpers.
Carlesimo thought outside the box by putting Lopez and Blatche on the court side-by-side -- something NetsDaily commenters (you're welcome, bros and gals) have been asking for, well, for quite some time now. The result? Four straight possessions, four straight baskets. Maybe we'll see this more often? Maybe? Offensively, they were strong. On defense, though, they were, well, struggling. So, you have to imagine that Carlesimo will make that point when he's asked about whether or not Blatche and Lopez will play alongside each other going forward.
From there, the Hornets went on a bit of a run, tying the ballgame up at 78-78, before Blatche tipped in a offensive rebound just before the buzzer.
At the start of the fourth, we had a ballgame on our hands.
Carlesimo went back to the Blatche and Lopez in the middle, which resulted in a 14-6 run to start the quarter. From there it was just a matter of pushing back each time the Hornets tried to make a game of it. For the Nets, they continued to respond, pulling away and winning their fourth in their last five, 108-98. Bottom line: the two played together for a little more than 13 minutes, were +4. Prior to the Hornets, Lopez and Blatche had played a total of 60 minutes together.
Final note: no Reggie Evans in the fourth quarter. So, there's that.
For more on the Hornets, see: At The Hive
- Nets-Hornets, 2013, Box Score - NBA.com
- Hornets vs. Nets: First half (Video) - NBA.com
- Davis Puts it Back (Video) - NBA.com
- Williams to Lopez (Video) - NBA.com
- Defense to Offense (Video) - NBA.com
- Davis on the Roll (Video) - NBA.com
- Steal and Slam (Video) - NBA.com
- Brook and Blatche Boost Nets in Brooklyn (Video) - Brooklyn Nets
- Brook Lopez helps Nets beat Hornets, 108-98 - AP
- Lopez on the Nets' 108-98 win over the Hornets (Video) - Chris Shearn - YES Network
- Carlesimo discusses Brooklyn's win over the Hornets (Video) - YES Network
- Brooks discusses his performance against Hornets (Video) - YES Network
- Brook Lopez helps get better of twin as Nets win - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Brook Lopez outplays twin brother in Nets' 108-98 victory - Steve Popper - The Record
- This Time, Nets Beat a Lowly Opponent - Bill Pennington - New York Times
- Deron Williams leads surging Nets past New Orleans Hornets - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Oh, brother! Brook and Robin Lopez the center of attention - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Lopez, Blatche team up to provide a big boost - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Rapid Reaction: Nets 108, Hornets 98 - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Lopez gets best of twin brother - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Carlesimo not too concerned about Wallace - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- D-Will calls the right shots as Nets rebound - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Deron Williams drives the offense while Brook Lopez-Andray Blatche duo also gets results - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
Joe Johnson is getting five days off to rest his sore heel, rediscover his game - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Blatche and Lopez Help Boost Nets in Brooklyn - Ben Couch - Brooklyn Nets
- Brooklyn Nets Defeat Hornets for Fourth Win in Five NBA Games - Nancy Kercheval - Bloomberg
- Brook Lopez Dunks On Twin Brother Robin Lopez (Video) - The Brooklyn Game
- Bounceback Victory: Nets 108, Hornets 98 (Game Grades) - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Rapid Recap: #Nets 108, #Hornets 98 - Jim Mancari - SNY Nets
- Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche Dominate Together; More To Come? - Jim Mancari - SNY Nets
- Gerald Wallace Turns In Powerful Effort In What He Called ‘Must Win’ Game - Moke Hamilton - SNY Nets
- Joe Johnson Still Not 100 Percent, Sits Out Against the Hornets - Moke Hamilton - SNY Nets
- Lopez and Blatche give Nets something to ponder - Gregory Hrinya - Examiner
- Locker-room Interviews - New York Brooklyn Nets (Video) - Gregory Hrinya - Examiner
- Are Brook and Blatche the Nets’ new power combo? - Jason Schott - Brooklyn Fans
- Nets vs Hornets Recap: New Tandem? - Anthony Dixon - Nets Take Over
- Brooklyn Nets outlast New Orleans Hornets, 108-98 - Jimmy Smith - New Orleans Times-Picayune
- Anthony Davis shoulders responsibility for Brooklyn Nets' offensive rebounding edge (Video) - Jimmy Smith - New Orleans Times-Picayune
- First half game thread - NetsDaily
- Second half game thread - NetsDaily