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Hornets fall short against Nets, 101-91

The Hornets struggled to make shots and couldn’t get over the hump in the second half.

Charlotte Hornets v Brooklyn Nets Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier combined for 35 points while Malik Monk scored 12 off the bench, but the Charlotte Hornets fell to the Brooklyn Nets, 101-91.

PJ Washington opened the scoring with a bucket plus the foul just 18 seconds into the game. Both teams struggled to generate offense from that point forward. Malik Monk and Bismack Biyombo came in and provided a spark, scoring 11 straight points for the Hornets at one point, including this gem:

It took nearly two minutes for either of these teams to score in the second. Joe Harris found DeAndre Jordan inside for a dunk, and that would foreshadow what was to come later. The Nets went on a 10-2 run in the early middle part of the quarter, putting the Hornets in a double digit deficit for the 15th time in 15 games. The Hornets battled back though thanks to four 3-pointers from Devonte’ Graham (times two), Nicolas Batum, and Miles Bridges.

The Hornets defense came off the rails in the third quarter. The Nets registered five dunks in the first five minutes of the half, with Jarrett Allen responsible for four of those. It took a Hornets timeout to stop the bleeding. The Hornets again cut down a double digit deficit, but it was undone by seven straight points form Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan.

Dwayne Bacon got some burn for the first time in awhile, and he made his presence felt in the fourth quarter. He scored a couple early buckets and made some uncharacteristically disruptive plays on the defensive end. The Hornets got within three points of the Nets a couple times, the latest coming after Bacon made a pair of free throws with 6:28 remaining, but they couldn’t come any closer than that. The game slowly slipped away from that point forward until Joe Harris delivered the dagger with about a minute and a half to go.

The Hornets struggled to defend the interior tonight, much like they have for a lot of this season. Jarrett Allen finished the game with six dunks, and the Nets as a team finished with ten.

The lone bright spot for the Hornets was Malik Monk, who finished the game with 13 points off the bench. But at least we got these highlights:

The Hornets will wrap up their road trip against the Washington Wizards on Friday.