Sunday, December 14, 2014
Hornets Extra: Nets 114, Hornets 87
If there was one word to describe last night's game it would have to be this: Joe Johnson. He was responsible for the Brooklyn Nets coming out of the gates early and immediately taking the Charlotte Hornets out of the game with his 22 point outburst to give Brooklyn a 27-point win over the Charlotte Hornets at "The Hive". Charlotte is now 6-17 on the season so far.
"They didn't have a good matchup for Joe. They(Charlotte) had to come help him and Joe had it going early." said Nets head coach Lionel Hollins on how Joe Johnson would come out of the gates early to lead the way for Brooklyn(10-12). "I was trying to be more aggressive and make plays and I got into a little rhythm early." quoted Johnson, who did finish the night with 22 points, but the game was already over by the end of the 3rd quarter for a Hornets team that came off a double-overtime loss back on Friday night in Memphis.
Several other Nets would help him out and the rest of their team in the cause, with Deron Williams being one of several Brooklyn players to record a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists, while former Hornet Alan Anderson would score 17 points off the bench in the win for Brooklyn. Not to be outdone were Jarrett Jack with 14 points, Bojan Bogdanovic with 12 and rounding out the long list of double-digit scorers for Brooklyn were Mason Plumlee and Cory Jefferson with 11 points each, while Mason Plumlee would have a double-double of his own with 13 rebounds.
Leading the way for the Hornets in the loss was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with 15 points off the bench for Charlotte. The Hornets will head up to Cleveland tomorrow night for a showdown with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena for a 7:00 p.m. start, before they return to Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday night to take on the Phoenix Suns.