The Brooklyn Nets played one of their worst games of the season in a 100-87 loss to the Charlotte Hornets Friday at Spectrum Center.
It was essentially over early. The Charlotte Hornets jumped out to a 26-6 lead in the first quarter and never led by less than five points the rest of the way in a 100-87 win Friday night over the Brooklyn Nets at Spectrum Center.
Brooklyn (17-20) put up season lows with 87 points and 14.8 percent shooting from 3-point range as Charlotte (17-17) salvaged a split of the home-and-home set after losing at Barclays Center on Wednesday 134-132 in double overtime.
Guards Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb and Tony Parker shredded the Nets defense, combining for 67 of Charlotte’s 100 points, while Brooklyn finished with just three players in double figures on a night when they shot 39.8 percent (33-for-83) overall and had just 15 assists.
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The Nets got looks at the basket, but failed to capitalize on open shots while also struggling to get into an offensive flow as they were stagnant much of the game. Ball movement has been key during Brooklyn’s recent 9-1 stretch, but it was sporadic at best in Charlotte.
Even in the loss, the Nets did some good things defensively, holding the Hornets to 41 percent shooting (41-for-100), the best mark they’ve surrendered since limiting the Toronto Raptors to 39.3 percent in a Dec. 7 overtime victory.
D’Angelo Russell scored 33 points on 13-of-24 shooting, but the rest of the starters combined to hit just 6-of-27 and were 0-for-7 from 3-point range.
The bench outscored the Hornets reserves 35-27, with DeMarre Carroll hitting 5-of-9 and scoring 15 points and Shabazz Napier going 5-for-5 while knocking down 11 points. The rest of the bench, however, combined to go 4-for-18 and as a whole, the unit was 2-for-12 from deep.
Here are the grades, such as they are, from one of Brooklyn’s worst outings of the season.