The Nets defeat the Hornets, 122-116. Kyrie Irving recorded a game-high 33 points, along with five rebounds and nine assists for the Nets, while Kevin Durant added 29 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the victory. Terry Rozier tallied a team-high 29 points and five assists for the Hornets in a losing effort. The Nets improve to 14-12 on the season, while the Hornets fall to 7-18.
Kyrie Irving is a sneaker free agent and he used the Brooklyn Nets' game Wednesday night to advertise it. Irving played with tape covering the logo on his black sneakers, two days after Nike ended its relationship with him. “I AM FREE Thank you God … I AM,” was written in gold marker on the sneakers during the Nets' 122-116 victory over Charlotte. The other side read ”logo here." Nike had suspended its relationship with Irving last month as part of the fallout from him tweeting a link to a film
“We played a poor first half, a really good second half,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “We gave ourselves a chance to win.”