Hornets 105, Nets 100: Nicolas Batum Hits Crucial Shots in Stretch as Hornets Edge the Nets

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The Hornets’ Nicolas Batum driving against the Nets’ Bojan Bogdanovic in the second half.

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Nicolas Batum scored 23 points Tuesday night as the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Nets, 105-100, in Brooklyn.

Jeremy Lin added 21 points, a night after scoring 29 in Charlotte’s rally from 23 points down to beat the San Antonio Spurs.

Brook Lopez had 29 points, 9 rebounds and a season-high 6 assists for the Nets, and Sean Kilpatrick added a career-high 25 points off the bench.

Batum hit two big shots down the stretch. He had a 4-point play to put Charlotte up, 91-84, with 4 minutes 11 seconds left, and he hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 96-88 with 2:44 remaining.

The Nets’ Bojan Bogdanovic cut the deficit to 98-97. Kemba Walker then sank two free throws to push the Hornets’ lead to 100-97, and they never looked back.

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