Irving, Durant help Nets outlast Hornets, 122-116

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 33 points, Kevin Durant had 29 and the Brooklyn Nets outlasted the Charlotte Hornets 122-116 on Wednesday night.

Seth Curry added 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting to help the Nets won for the fifth time in six games.

Terry Rozier scored 30 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 29 for the Hornets. They have lost three straight and seven of 10.

Brooklyn led by 23 points at the start of the third quarter, but was outscored 32-23 in the period. The Hornets cut it to 109-107 with 6:28 left in the game.

Durant then re-entered the game and hit his first shot, and Irving followed with a three-point play to extend the lead 113-107.

Oubre scored five consecutive points, including a 3-pointer that made it a one-point game. Durant then hit two 3-pointers to increase the Nets' lead 118-114.


Hornets: Oubre has scored at least 20 points in six consecutive games, tying a career high set last season from Dec. 1-13. … Charlotte’s two-game winning streak at Barclays Center was snapped.

Nets: Brooklyn set a season high with 73 first-half points and tied a season high with 20 assists in the first half.


Hornets: Host New York on Friday night.

Nets: Host Atlanta on Friday night.


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