Kemba Walker did everything he could and then some. For a moment it seemed it was enough to take his Charlotte team to victory. But Brooklyn battled back from eight points down late in the fourth quarter to pull out the win two overtimes later, winning for the ninth time in their last ten games.
Walker sparked a 12-2 run, scoring all 12 of those points with under four minutes left in regulation. The Bronx native displayed his ability to take over a game in the winding minutes. However, Brooklyn would not let up on their home court. Led by Spencer Dinwiddie and his game high 37-points, the Nets figured out a plan to limit Walker in the end. After the game, Walker acknowledged he was impressed by the guarding techniques Brooklyn implemented, something he hasn’t seen since his days at University of Connecticut. But it was Walkers bad foul of DeMarre Carroll from over 70-feet away from the basket that allowed Brooklyn to send this game to the first overtime.
An action-packed game from start to finish, with both teams stuffing the stat sheet. Dinwiddie continues to dominate night in and night out. He opened the second overtime with a four-point play, setting the stage for an exciting win. In addition to leading all scorer’s, he racked up 11-steals, and shot 7-for-16 from long range.
It was Joe Harris’s layup after Malik Monk lost his dribble that inched the Nets to a 134-132 victory. For Joe, it was a season high kind of night, finishing with 27-points on 5-for-8 from deep. Two of those three pointers tied the game at 107, then at 110. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson contributed with 16-points, 15 boards, and 3 blocks. There was also another strong effort by Nets rookie Rodions Kurucs grabbing a double-double with 13-points and 12 boards.
For the Hornets, Walker lit up the scoreboard, finishing with 35-points, 5 assists, and 4-for-9 from the 3-point area. He was joined by Jeremy Lamb’s 31-points and 6 rebounds, on a very efficient 11-for-18 shooting night. Marvin Williams chipped in a double-double of 14-points and 12 rebounds.
The win pushed Brooklyn closer to Charlotte in the standings. Brooklyn currently sits in 9th place, a half-game behind Charlotte and the final playoff seed. Only one game separates the 6th and 9th place teams. The teams face each other Friday night in Charlotte where the Hornets are 12-7, on the second of a home-and-home series.