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Hornets outlast Nets staring contest, escape with 111-107 win.

Despite poor shooting from stars, Charlotte gets first win since January 21st

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Charlotte Hornets Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

While it may not have been “pretty,” or “fun to watch,” the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-107 Tuesday night, ending a seven game losing streak.

Nothing is certain with this team these days, but after a strong-if-not-incredibly-sloppy first half, the Hornets looked to be well on their way to securing their first win since January 21st, when they last defeated the Nets, the worst team in the NBA.

But in the second half, the Nets slightly out-played the Hornets, keeping the game tight until the very last possession in whatever the opposite of a nailbiter would be.

If anything, this game showed that the Hornets… are better than the Nets… sometimes?

Kemba Walker- the sole, consistent beacon of light in the boggy morass that has rapidly enveloped this season- shot 4 of 20 for 20 percent shooting from the field on the night.

Nicolas Batum chipped in 17 points 8 rebounds and 4 assists in a reasonably consistent game by comparison.

The star of the night for the Hornets was Jeremy Lamb, who scored 16 points and added 7 rebounds in the most consistent night of any Hornet.

Most sports fans are familiar with the concept of a “moral victory.” This game was the closest example I can imagine of something approaching a “moral loss.”

The Hornets won the game, but in a lot of ways it just gave us more questions. Some final notes:

  • Frank Kaminsky finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, but shot 4-17 from the field.
  • The one bright spot on the night was Nicolas Batum’s defense on the final possession of the game. With a masterful implementation of flat footed verticality™, Batum called to mind the recently Hornets-departed big man Roy Hibbert.