Hornets 116, Nets 122: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Hornets 116, Nets 122: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Hornets 116, Nets 122: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Charlotte Hornets (7-18) play against the Brooklyn Nets (12-12) at Barclays Center

Game Time: 7:30 PM EST on Wednesday December 7, 2022

Charlotte Hornets 116, Brooklyn Nets 122 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kyrie Irving @KyrieIrving
Nah, don’t turn a blind eye to anything fishy going on in our world. Say something 🤞🏾♾ – 1:11 AM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Prior to Wednesday’s game, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said KD’s preparation and passion for the game reminded him of another all-time great: Kobe.
After it was over, KD revealed the piece of advice that has stuck with him most from Bryant. espn.com/nba/story/_/id…12:17 AM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Very nice win for my dude @CoachDPatrick and Sac State hoops! Beat an 8-1 Denver squad at the Hornets nest! – 12:15 AM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
“I just tried to copy everything (Kobe) does.”
Steve Clifford spent last season with the Nets and said Kevin Durant reminds him of Kobe Bryant. He also said KD reinforced the idea that the best players “want to be coached.”
More from Cliff, KD & Kyrie: nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…12:09 AM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Irving touts freedom on game sneakers after split with Nike (from @AP) apnews.com/article/6c4314…11:35 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant said it was “really cool” to hear Hornets HC Steve Clifford compare his preparation to Kobe Bryant’s.
KD when asked what he learned most from Kobe:
“Really, just don’t be a crybaby.” pic.twitter.com/yrbR9DMp4h11:25 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
“We played a poor first half, we played a really good second half. We gave ourselves a chance to win. The breaks didn’t go our way there that last minute.” – Coach Clifford – 11:18 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Watch Durant, Irving combine for 62 points to lift Nets past Hornets nba.nbcsports.com/2022/12/07/wat…11:16 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kevin Durant on Steve Clifford saying his passion level reminded him of Kobe Bryant: “Kobe is somebody I still study to this day. I just tried to copy everything he does. Same with Michael Jordan. Those two guys just set the tone for everything you want to be.” #Nets11:09 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
PG (Md.) County native Kevin Durant on Aaron Judge re-signing with the #Yankees: “I’m a #Nationals fan. I really don’t care about Aaron Judge.” #Nets11:02 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant asked Aaron Judge’s contract: “I’m a Nationals fan.” – 10:54 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Hornets HC Steve Clifford said Kevin Durant’s preparation reminds him of Kobe Bryant more than any other player.
KD was asked about Kobe postgame:
“Basically I just try to copy everything he does.” pic.twitter.com/wRoNVmK6ME10:52 PM

Barbara Barker @meanbarb
KD on Judge’s new contract with Yanks: “I’m a nationals fan. I really don’t care.” pic.twitter.com/XwFELmTK7k10:48 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
KD on what he learned most from Kobe during all their time together: “Don’t be a crybaby.” – 10:45 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
KD on what he learned from Kobe: “Really just don’t be a crybaby.” pic.twitter.com/vwaLhvsEUP10:43 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
Charlotte’s loss tonight means the #Rockets are now the team with the 5th-worst record in the league.
1. ORL 6-20
2. SAS 6-18
3. DET 7-20
4. CHA 7-18
5. HOU 7-17 – 10:38 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
#Pelicans hold off upset-minded Pistons in fourth quarter, posting 104-98 home win. New Orleans nets fifth straight win. Zion Williamson 29 pts, 10 reb, 5 ast. @PanzuraNews postgame wrap: https://t.co/ylCCNnVsOV pic.twitter.com/N97zTE4uCZ10:33 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
3⃣3⃣3⃣3⃣3⃣3⃣3⃣3⃣3⃣3⃣
#LetsFly | @Lowes pic.twitter.com/cCQIr3Xiil10:15 PM

Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Checking out some Sac State hoops. The Hornets are playing Denver, who have only lost 1 game this season.
That 1 loss was to Sac State on the road in November. pic.twitter.com/nfo5KOJdmL10:11 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Jacque Vaughn says minutes building up is definitely a factor in Royce O’Neale’s struggles of late.
O’Neale is 13/48 (27.1%) from the field and 8/30 (26.7%) from three in his last 6 games.
Royce ranks third in the league in minutes behind only Kyle Lowry and Kevin Durant. – 10:10 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Jacque Vaughn says minutes building up is definitely a factor in Royce O’Neale’s struggles of late.
O’Neale is 13/48 (27.1%) from the field and 8/30 (26.7%) from three in his last 6 games.
O’Neale ranks third in the league in minutes behind only Kyle Lowry and Kevin Durant. – 10:10 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Jacque Vaughn called the Kevin Durant-Kyrie Irving pick-and-roll “lethal,” but also says they don’t get to it often enough. Said that might be something they try more often. #NetsWorld10:08 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets could be as high as fourth in the east at the end of the week if they beat the Hawks and Pacers. – 10:01 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Nets have won 8 of their last 11 games.
KD is averaging 29/7/6 on 60% shooting in that span. pic.twitter.com/KWs3C3u1HS9:57 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
So the balance of Leonard’s heroics from Monday night in Charlotte and the fact that they were needed in first place surfaced in a big way in Orlando.
Wins don’t come in mail. Clippers had appropriate energy early. Then were outplayed in every period since. – 9:56 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
We’ll never stop fighting. pic.twitter.com/IOI5PV6yP59:56 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
The old saying goes, “A win is a win is a win.”
But tough to feel encouraged after that one for Brooklyn. – 9:54 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nets squeeze this one out 122-118 — but it never should have been that close at the end. Kyrie finishes with 33 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds. KD finishes with 29 points — in 37 minutes. – 9:53 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie and KD tonight:
Irving — Durant —
33 PTS 29 PTS
5 REB 9 REB
9 AST 8 AST
The Nets are exactly .500 when both play this season. pic.twitter.com/MOQgzguLi49:53 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Final: Nets beat the Hornets 122-118 behind 33 from Kyrie Irving and 29 from Kevin Durant. To quote Al Davis, “just win baby.” Another ugly W w/a missed opportunity to oull starters out early. Nets are 5-1 on this homestand. ATL comes to town Friday. Ben Simmons should be back. – 9:52 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kyrie Irving with a tear drop that should be the dagger. Nets lead by six with 13.7 seconds left. – 9:46 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Great foul by KD to send Plumlee to the line. He misses both.
Kyrie scores on the other end to extend the lead to 6 with 13.7 remaining. – 9:46 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Man oh man, the Nets point of attack defense continues to be just horrendous.
That’s the top area this team needs to upgrade. Even more so than center. – 9:45 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Charlotte challenging to see if a foul was called on Terry Rozier. Nets up 118-116 with 44 seconds left. – 9:43 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Terry Rozier with 2️⃣7️⃣ PTS so far in the game
@Terry Rozier | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/sdvmlwh3ZD9:42 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant does absolutely everything for this team.
They are incapable without him. Harsh reality. – 9:41 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kelly Oubre appears to be instigating with both KD and Kyrie. – 9:40 PM
Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
Wow, Kelly Oubre. Can’t stand watching that guy play defense 99% of the time, but he continues to hit massive shots in big moments for Charlotte. Keep stacking those trade value chips, Tsunami Papi. – 9:39 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
It’s hard to consider the Nets a serious team at the moment.
They led Charlotte by as many as 23 points. This should have been a night to rest KD and Kyrie to leave them extra fresh for Friday.
Instead the lead is down to 1 and both are in as they try to clax out a victory. – 9:38 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Once up 23, the Nets are now clinging to a 113-112 lead with 3:22 left in regulation. This feels a lot like plenty of games last year. Let a bad team hang around in the second half — and ended up paying the price. – 9:37 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Jacque Vaughn. The Nets have blown their 23-point lead. They are holding on, 113-112, against the Hornets with 3:22 to go in the fourth. The sad reality is this is why you can’t let KD sit on the bench too long. The Hornets built momentum in the minutes he was out. – 9:36 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets lead the Hornets 113-112 with 3:22 left. Kyrie with 29, Seth has 20 and KD with 24. Kelly Oubre and Scary Terry each with 27 points. – 9:36 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Down to BUSINESS 💼
@Jalen McDaniels | @drpepper | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/jNocUzD7GU9:35 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The Nets just ran a 5-1 screen and roll. Kyrie set a screen for KD, rolled short, got the pass and pulled up for the mid range two. That was fun and creative. – 9:35 PM
Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR
INJURY UPDATE: @Charlotte Hornets forward PJ Washington left in the 4Q of tonight’s game against BKN after getting hit in the right eye. He is doubtful to return to tonight’s game. – 9:34 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie in, Claxton out. KD at the 5. #Nets9:34 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nets lead is down to 2. They just can’t seem to sustain clean basketball for 48 minutes.
Not the sign of a good team. – 9:31 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
KD back in with just under seven left. – 9:30 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Massive offensive rebound from Royce O’Neale leads to a Seth Curry three to extend Nets lead to 6.
But they give it right back with an and-one to Mason Plumlee. Defense has disappeared in this second half. – 9:29 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant remains on the bench with 8:03 left and the Ntes up six. Appears Jacque Vaughn is trying to wait as long as he can before bringing in his closer. – 9:27 PM
Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
Terry Rozier and Kyrie Irving have been going at each others throats so far in this 4Q. Very nice two-way sequence here from Rozier. Charlotte hanging around. pic.twitter.com/26pm3LB0IG9:27 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
No KD out of the timeout. Let’s see what happens. – 9:26 PM
Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR
Kelly Oubre Jr. and Terry Rozier have each scored 20-plus points in their last six games. It is the first time since 2007 (Jason Richardson and Gerald Wallace) that two @Charlotte Hornets have had concurrent 20-point streaks of at least six games.
#LetsFly9:24 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Brooklyn. Jacque Vaughn has seen enough. More than likely, Kevin Durant is about to check back in. The Hornets have made this a 102-96 game with under 9 minutes to go. They trailed by as many as 23 and are now only down 6. – 9:24 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Special edition of CeLIBERTY Row 📸 pic.twitter.com/KyB5p4Xts19:23 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
The Frenchman with the moves 🕺
#LetsFly | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/Dr0uZjwWmI9:22 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Scary moment: Kyrie Irving gets clipped on a screen Kai Jones and immediately grabs at his right knee area. Irving’s fine and playing but you could hear a pin drop at Barclays for a few seconds. – 9:21 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nets lead is all the way down to 4 after leading by as many as 23.
Good teams put inferior opponents away when they have them on the ropes. Brooklyn far too often fails to do that. – 9:20 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Energy is high for the final frame. pic.twitter.com/sCDweHTcqx9:18 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
The #Nets go into the fourth quarter with a 96-87 lead. It had been a 23-point cushion. If they had plans of being able to give Kevin Durant some rest – and he likely needs it – those are likely gone. He’s already logged 29 minutes. – 9:17 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the third quarter: So much for avoiding a repeat of the Toronto game. Nets lead the Hornets 96-87. KD and Kyrie have combined for 41 points. Whole Hornets starting five is in double figures. KD is at 29 minutes, Kyrie is at 25, as is Royce. – 9:15 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets had a 23-point lead but took their foot off the gas and now hold a 96-87 lead entering the 4th quarter. Hornets defense has been terrible but they ratcheted it up a bit in the 3rd. Can the Nets close this out? – 9:15 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Kevin Durant breaks out the @TexasMBB KD 15s 👀 pic.twitter.com/9qoHvp9zbf9:14 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Your Hornets are on a 7-0 run.
Hornets: 87
Nets: 96 – 9:14 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nets lead is down to 9 after a 32-point 3rd quarter from Charlotte.
It’s really never easy with this team. – 9:14 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Vaughn discussed before the game how high of a priority it is to start cutting KD’s minutes more. By allowing a bad Hornets team to hang around, the Nets are messing up the chance to give Durant some much needed rest down the stretch tonight. – 9:11 PM
Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR
With 20 points and counting tonight at Brooklyn, @Charlotte Hornets guard/forward @Kelly Oubre has notched his sixth-straight game with at least 20 points, matching a career-long streak (6, Dec. 1-13, 2021).
#LetsFly9:09 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Jalen chases it down for the swat 🖐️
@Jalen McDaniels | #LetsFly pic.twitter.com/Blx3UiM2Sr9:06 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Hornets might have the worst defense in the league. And that says a lot – 9:04 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Sneaker free agent Kyrie Irving’s kicks tonight:
“I AM FREE”
“LOGO HERE”
👀👀 pic.twitter.com/2V3YP67On39:04 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kyrie is up to 21 points on 10/17 shooting with 5:30 left in the 3rd. – 9:03 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie just broke somebody’s ankles. – 9:03 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Brooklyn leads 84-70 midway through the third. Kyrie with 18, Seth Curry 15. – 9:02 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Mason Plumlee may have the ugliest free-throw form I’ve ever seen. – 9:02 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Royce O’Neale back out on the floor following the timeout. #Nets9:01 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Royce O’Neale looks worn out. He has played a lot of minutes lately. He is 10-for-41 from the field over his last five games. – 9:00 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Royce O’Neale looked a bit shaken up there. Being attended to on the bench. #Nets8:58 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Joe always out there hustlin’ pic.twitter.com/AyXB0V04oX8:57 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
The #Nets have 20 assists and just three turnovers at halftime. It ties their highest assist total in any half this season and is their best assist-to-turnover ratio in any half this season. #nba8:38 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
The Nets recorded 20 assists with just three turnovers in tonight’s first half.
The 20 assists match the highest assist total for Brooklyn in any half this season (also: first half on 11/9 vs. New York).
The assist-to-turnover ratio is Brooklyn’s best in any half this season. – 8:37 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Time for some adjustments.
#LetsFly pic.twitter.com/cGxQtdXu0B8:36 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Half: Nets 73, Hornets 52
Curry: 15 pts, 6/7 shooting
Durant: 14 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast
Irving: 12 pts, 5 ast, 6/10 shooting
Nets buckle down defensively after a poor 1st quarter. Bench showing up tonight with Curry, Sumner, Warren combining for 30. Joe Harris hot again from three. – 8:34 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Halftime: Nets lead the Hornets 73-55. Not much to complain about here. Offense is humming, defense has been good enough. The goal of the second half should be to avoid a repeat of the Toronto game. Get it to a place where Durant and co. can rest early. – 8:34 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
The Hornets have several key injuries — and Steve Clifford is too good of a coach not to eventually get this turned around again — but this Charlotte team is brutal. – 8:33 PM
Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
Elite Mason Plumlee rim protection. pic.twitter.com/DzgT7GgffY8:25 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Hornets are 1/5 from the free-throw line.
Whammy’s game has been on another level this season. – 8:24 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nets have gotten 30 points from their bench with 6:18 left in the 1st half.
They got 8 non-garbage time points all game against Boston. – 8:20 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nets have gotten 30 points from there bench with 6:18 left in the 1st half.
They got 8 non-garbage time points all game against Boston. – 8:19 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Seth Curry’s scoring seems to come in insane bunches.
15 points on 6/7 shooting tonight. – 8:17 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Pushing through traffic🚦
@Kelly Oubre | #LetsFly pic.twitter.com/nMGb9fvcBU8:15 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Halftime in Orlando: Clippers 49, Magic 40
Magic outscored Clips 14-10 in the final 6:08 even after PG and Kawhi checked back in. Like in Charlotte, PG and Kawhi playing together again is only part of the story, with role guys like Jackson (9 pts), Mann (10, 7 reb) key so far. – 8:14 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kyrie looks really sharp offensively tonight. The handle is tight and he’s getting wherever he wants.
10 points on 5/7 shooting. – 8:14 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Edmond Sumner making a pretty strong case for why he should be in front of Cam Thomas in Brooklyn’s rotation.
He plays hard defense and runs the floor really well. His three-point shot is erratic, but Cam has shown next to nothing there anyway. – 8:12 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Markieff Morris is 2/2 from three to start this one. – 8:12 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Edmond Sumner making a pretty strong case on why he should be in front of Cam Thomas in Brooklyn’s rotation.
He plays hard defense and runs the floor really well. His three-point shot is erratic, but Cam has shown next to nothing there anyway. – 8:11 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Seth Curry (13) and Edmond Sumner (9) are providing a big lift so far.
They’ve combined for 22 early points. Nets lead 47-30. – 8:09 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Seth Curry (13) and Edmond Sumner (7) are providing a big lift so far.
They’ve combined for 20 early points. Nets lead 47-30. – 8:09 PM
John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
7-point possession for Seth Curry. pic.twitter.com/c0Cv01n58f8:09 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets opening it up on the Hornets 47-30 with 10 left in the first half. Curry has 13, KD with nine, Sumner has seven and Kyrie has six. Everyone eating. – 8:08 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets lead by 17 at the 10 minute mark in the second quarter. – 8:08 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Hornets start 1-for-4 from the free throw line. Whammy looking for a heater tonight. – 8:07 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kyrie just passed up a wide-open layup for an Edmond Sumner three.
Sumner hit it, but I might just take the two points there. – 8:07 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Steve Clifford the last 48 hours “At some point we have to start rebounding”
Tonight: 6’4 Edmond Sumner grabbed this rebound while still being half on the floor inbetween FOUR Hornets players. pic.twitter.com/WETefpth528:05 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nick Richards in for the Hornets. He’s having a great year and hails from the same high school as Kyrie Irving (St. Pats). Bryce McGowens went to the same high school as Nic Claxton. Clax said pregame the two are close even though they never played together. pic.twitter.com/ZhtR6Q0A348:04 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets lead Hornets, 38-28, behind hot shooting from Kevin Durant (9) and Seth Curry (11). Expected hot starts from both. Curry is from Charlotte. KD’s averaging 30. #Nets8:04 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Seth Curry scored 11 points in the 1st quarter. That’s more than his last four games combined (9).
Kevin Durant scored 9. Edmond Sumner giving some great hustle minutes.
Nets lead the Horners 38-28 after one. – 8:03 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
11 points in the first for S3TH! pic.twitter.com/b70bkkzsLY8:03 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Sneaky sneaky Mason 🫣
@Mason Plumlee | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/ZU6F5FCpYX8:01 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Seth Curry is feeling it tonight after a rough few games. Has 11 points in three minutes and hasn’t missed. – 8:01 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Edmond Sumner is playing his tail off out there. – 8:01 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Nets putting Bryce McGowens through all sorts of off ball actions guarding Curry. It’s going as poorly as you could expect for the rookie, good learning opportunity though – 7:58 PM
Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
Kelly Oubre is such a laughable help/off-ball defender. And that’s before mentioning that he gets the assignment of guarding KD tonight. – 7:58 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Seth Curry came out hot to start this one. 7 points on 3/3 shooting and heading to the line on a 4-point play.
That’s nice to see. Seth was 3/14 from the field in his last four games. – 7:57 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
This Hornets/Nets game is the NBA’s answer to a Rock n Jock showcase. Both teams just running up and down the floor getting pretty much any look they want. Defense is very optional. The only thing missing is for the 25 point rims to come down from the roof at some point. – 7:57 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
The Nets can’t stay in front of a soul on defense. Lots of layups for Charlotte. – 7:56 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Ed Sumner, Markieff Morris and Seth Curry are Vaughn’s first subs tonight. – 7:54 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Edmond Sumner, Seth Curry, and Markieff Morris first off the bench. – 7:53 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
I asked Jacque Vaughn how he’s going to make sure the Nets don’t get trapped in a game against a lesser opponent. He said they should have juice after two days off. But so do the Hornets, without LaMelo Ball, who’ve made this a run game with their pace and speed. – 7:53 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Seth Curry getting set to check in – 7:50 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nets are sleeping defensively at the start of this one. Late on rotations, getting backdoored, giving up offensive boards.
Not what you want to see against a team they should put away early. – 7:48 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving just faked a pass before floating a layup over Kelly Oubre’s block attempt. He came back down the court and hit a layup before rimming out on a three. Seems like Kyrie always gets up for games against Terry Rozier he has 4 early points and is in attack mode. #Nets7:48 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Nets switching defense is going to force a lot of 1 on 1 tonight, not something Charlotte really have the talent for right now. It should also lead to mismatches on the glass for Plumlee/Richards to take advantage of – 7:46 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Joe Harris drains a contested three on his first shot of the game.
He’s been locked in as of late. – 7:43 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant wasn’t on the Nets bench for pregame introductions.
Just came out of the tunnel and joined the team in the huddle before tip-off. – 7:41 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
It’s tiiiiiiiiime 😏
📍 – New York, NY
🆚 – @Brooklyn Nets
⏰ – 7:30 PM EST
📺 – @HornetsOnBally
📻 – @WFNZ 92.7 FM pic.twitter.com/AHwdJRLlBR7:30 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Greetings from Barclays. I’m eating a plate of broccoli as I type this. To quote Peter Parker, “eat your green vegetables.” Nets-Hornets tips shortly. No LaMelo or Gordon Hayward for the Hornets. Nets looking to get back in the win column. Updates to come. – 7:28 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Big City Starters. 😤
#LetsFly | @CrumblCookies pic.twitter.com/H4T8q26L0P7:04 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Same Nets starters against the Hornets: Irving, Harris, Durant, O’Neale and Claxton – 7:03 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Seems like it’s been the week where NBA Twitter has decided Halliburton > LaMelo Ball. I’ve been hugely impressed with Hali, but don’t think you can make a decision without seeing LaMelo this year – 6:59 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
INJURY REPORT at BKN
LaMelo Ball (L Ankle Sprain) is out.
Gordon Hayward (L Shoulder – Scapula Fracture) is out.
Cody Martin (L Knee Procedure) is out.
Dennis Smith Jr (L Ankle Sprain) is out.
Mark Williams (L Ankle Sprain) is out.
Presented by @NovantHealth pic.twitter.com/STvl7E3IXs6:56 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
The KD15 @TexasMBB colorway 🔥 pic.twitter.com/8TB5QLKgBi6:51 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
During last night’s game, @Mark Williams was back with the Duke Men’s Basketball team as an alum! Here’s to the dub, and to The Brotherhood 💙 pic.twitter.com/9F3M0h1GbN6:32 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Jacque Vaughn gave high praise to Joe Harris’ effort on the glass:
“70 percent box out rate… The ability to do your job, be a great teammate. 7 out of 10 times he’s boxing out, he’s doing the right thing. That’s helping us not be last place in defensive rebounding.” – 6:11 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Jacque Vaughn says Ben Simmons and Yuta Watanabe are “both on track to play this weekend.” – 6:03 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Ben Simmons and Yuta Watanabe are both on track to play this weekend, Vaughn said. – 5:52 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
With Ben Simmons and Yuta Watanabe slated to come back this weekend, Jacque Vaughn said having them should allow the Nets to extend the rotation a bit if needed, or at least have more bodies to try and lighten KD’s workload. Getting his minutes down is “priority No. 1.” – 5:51 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Jacque Vaughn says Yuta Watanabe, TJ Warren, Kevin Durant and Nic Claxton haven’t played minutes together yet but he wants to see what that 4-man group can do. – 5:51 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Jacque Vaughn on trimming KD’s minutes:
“It’s priority number one… There is vision going ahead of hopefully getting some of those minutes down.”
Said Nets have taken an extensive look at the schedule with that in mind. – 5:50 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Vaughn says getting KD’s minutes down is “priority no. 1” in the short-term for the Nets. KD enters tonight’s game averaging 36.9 minutes a game. – 5:49 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Jacque Vaughn on trimming KD’s minutes:
“It’s priority number one… There is vision going ahead of hopefully getting some of those minutes down.”
Said Nets have taken an extensive list of the schedule with that in mind. – 5:49 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Edmond Sumner is available for the #Nets. – 5:46 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets say Edmond Sumner is available after missing the last game with a right glute contusion – 5:44 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets upgrade Ed Sumner to available for tonight against Charlotte. – 5:44 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Update to Nets Status Report for tonight’s game vs. Charlotte:
Sumner (right glute contusion) – AVAILABLE – 5:43 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Check out the latest episode of the HHC featuring @ashahahmadi of @hornetsonbally 🎙
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Charlotte Hornets @hornets
And on this day of #MerryTerryChristmas… 📖🎄The @terryrozierfdn provided warm winter pjs, books, blankets, and baby swaddles for mommies-to-be supported by @babybundlesnc! 🍼
#SwarmToServe pic.twitter.com/1OEjSpHYx95:08 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving and TJ Warren are going through early warmups. I’ve got it on Instagram Live. IG: @Kristian Winfield4:42 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On Prime: East 15 in 60 Mailbag: IND, NYK, CHA, ORL, DET with @Nate Duncan
Join with our @SethPartnow Sale!
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StatMuse @statmuse
Pascal Siakam this season:
More PPG than
— Zion
— Kyrie
— PG13
— Jokic
More RPG than
— KAT
— Turner
— Robinson
— Claxton
More APG than
— Curry
— DLo
— Draymond
— LeBron pic.twitter.com/kWbppReGwf3:48 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Damian Lillard on Shaedon Sharpe’s recent struggles: “A rookie wall is normal. You play off your talent and then as teams start to get more familiar with you, they make it more difficult. That’s when you’ve got to become a student. Those are the conversations I have with him.” – 3:44 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
OFFICIAL: JT Thor from the @greensboroswarm is ending his 3rd @nbagleague assignment. He will be available for tonight’s @Charlotte Hornets game in Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/xWeCwodyxd3:30 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
About last night…
Celebrating 10 years in Brooklyn at @brooklynmuseum pic.twitter.com/Pbnzg7nSkc3:00 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Dunc’d On Prime: East 15 in 60 Mailbag: IND, NYK, CHA, ORL, DET with @Danny Leroux
Join with our @SethPartnow Sale!
https://t.co/0OLM0cUWJ9 pic.twitter.com/PdUu1nYMM82:05 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
👑👑👑
#WallpaperWednesday pic.twitter.com/9o1NVawkbX1:45 PM

Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On Prime: East 15 in 60 Mailbag: IND, NYK, CHA, ORL, DET with @Nate Duncan
Join with our @SethPartnow Sale!
https://t.co/2eiXvIBtOe pic.twitter.com/S1RUEvmbUz1:32 PM

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