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Kidd-Gilchrist, Batum lead Hornets past Nets 112-105

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Nic Batum has certainly had better shooting nights.

But the eight-year NBA veteran from France was feeling pretty good after making two clutch 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Charlotte Hornets defeat the Brooklyn Nets 112-105 on Saturday night for their third straight win.

''I missed some easy that I need to make,'' Batum said. ''So I feel like when it's a close game like that, I need to make some big plays and I did.''

After letting a 17-point first half advantage slip away, Charlotte grabbed the lead for good with 3:21 left in the game when Batum got a fadeaway 3-pointer to fall after the ball bounced lazily on the rim four times before going in. Batum, who was fouled on the play, added the free throw to complete the four-point play.

Batum added a 3-pointer from the left wing on the next possession to push the lead to 104-98. Kemba Walker then sank a leaning 3-pointer from the top of the key to give Charlotte some extra breathing room.

Coach Steve Clifford said he has no idea how Batum shoots the ball so well off-balanced.

''He's done it since before he got in the NBA,'' Clifford said. ''He's got great balance and hand-eye coordination.''

Batum finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Hornets.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points and 14 rebounds for Charlotte, which avenged a 120-118 loss to the Nets on Dec. 26 in which Randy Foye beat them with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Brook Lopez had 24 points for the struggling Nets, who have lost 12 of their last 13 and failed in their quest to become the last NBA team to reach double digits in wins this season.

''We came in and we were exhausted from last night and had a bad first quarter, but we responded to that,'' Lopez said. ''We came in the second half and definitely made it a game and that's the way we've got to play every night.''

TIP INS

Nets: Jeremy Lin remained out with a hamstring injury. ... Attempted 41 3-pointers in the game, making 17. ... Lopez had his 15th 20-point game this season. ... Quincy Acy had a season-high 14 points off the bench. ... Had a season-high 30 assists.

Hornets: Shot 54.5 percent in the first half from the field, including 6 of 13 from 3-point range to build a 60-46 lead. ... Marvin Williams has made a 3-pointer in 18 straight games.

TOUGH FIRST QUARTER

The Hornets jumped out to a quick 16-4 lead as the Nets missed 11 of their first 12 shots from the field. Clifford called it the team's best first quarter of the season, considering the Nets put up 143 points against New Orleans the night before.

''They're hard to guard,'' Clifford said. ''They have so many ways to drive the ball. They're very difficult to guard. I thought our guys battled hard.''

3-POINT SHOOTING

Charlotte, which made 14 of 29 3-pointers, had seven of those in the fourth quarter.

''Two of them were off our turnovers,'' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. ''You turnover, you have to sprint back, matchup and find 3-point shooters. Credit to them, they made some huge shots.''

SCHOOL IN SESSIONS

Here's a rarity this season: Ramon Sessions, Charlotte's backup point guard, had 17 points and actually outscored All-Star candidate Kemba Walker, who had 16 points.

''Kemba carries us every game, so when we can step in and give those guys a rest,'' Sessions said. ''Last game, he didn't have to play in the fourth quarter, so during the season if we can get those stretches where he doesn't have to play as many minutes that will be good for us in the long run.''

UP NEXT

Nets: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.

Hornets: Play their third game of a five-game homestand Monday night against the Washington Wizards.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Marvin Williams 0:13
  Randy Foye missed driving layup 0:15
+ 1 Marco Belinelli made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:21
+ 1 Marco Belinelli made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:21
+ 1 Marco Belinelli made 1st of 2 free throws 0:21
+ 1 Marco Belinelli made 1st of 2 free throws 0:21
  Personal foul on Randy Foye 0:21
  Full timeout called 0:28
+ 2 Trevor Booker made driving dunk, assist by Brook Lopez 0:28
  Defensive rebound by Sean Kilpatrick 0:39
  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:39
Team Stats
Points 105 112
Field Goals 38-89 (42.7%) 39-82 (47.6%)
3-Pointers 17-41 (41.5%) 14-29 (48.3%)
Free Throws 12-15 (80.0%) 20-22 (90.9%)
Total Rebounds 48 51
Offensive 4 6
Defensive 36 41
Team 8 4
Assists 30 26
Steals 9 6
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 13 13
Fouls 17 18
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
16 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Nets 9-34 14323524105
home team logo Hornets 23-21 28322131112
Team Stats
away team logo Nets 9-34 109.1 PPG 43.5 RPG 24.3 APG
home team logo Hornets 23-21 114.6 PPG 44.7 RPG 24.9 APG
Key Players
B. Lopez C PPG RPG APG FG%
M. Kidd-Gilchrist SF 8.6 PPG 5.9 RPG 1.4 APG 48.3 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Lopez C 24 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
M. Kidd-Gilchrist SF 17 PTS 14 REB 1 AST
42.7 FG% 47.6
41.5 3PT FG% 48.3
80.0 FT% 90.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Lopez 31 24 5 4 0 2 2 3 10/21 3/7 1/1 0 5 37 -2
B. Bogdanovic 28 16 3 3 0 0 2 0 4/12 4/8 4/4 0 3 23 +6
S. Kilpatrick 27 13 4 5 2 0 2 2 5/14 3/7 0/0 0 4 27 -4
T. Booker 27 8 9 0 2 0 2 1 4/7 0/1 0/0 3 6 17 -11
S. Dinwiddie 23 0 5 2 0 0 0 3 0/4 0/1 0/0 1 4 9 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Lopez 31 24 5 4 0 2 2 3 10/21 3/7 1/1 0 5 37 -2
B. Bogdanovic 28 16 3 3 0 0 2 0 4/12 4/8 4/4 0 3 23 +6
S. Kilpatrick 27 13 4 5 2 0 2 2 5/14 3/7 0/0 0 4 27 -4
T. Booker 27 8 9 0 2 0 2 1 4/7 0/1 0/0 3 6 17 -11
S. Dinwiddie 23 0 5 2 0 0 0 3 0/4 0/1 0/0 1 4 9 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Q. Acy 17 14 4 1 2 1 0 2 5/7 3/4 1/1 0 4 23 -3
R. Foye 24 11 2 5 0 0 0 2 4/12 3/7 0/0 0 2 23 -3
C. LeVert 18 9 1 4 2 0 1 0 2/4 0/2 5/6 0 1 19 -9
R. Hollis-Jefferson 21 7 4 2 1 0 2 1 3/6 0/3 1/3 0 4 14 0
I. Whitehead 23 3 3 4 0 0 0 3 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 3 14 -9
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Vaulet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Scola - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 239 105 40 30 9 3 13 17 38/89 17/41 12/15 4 36 206 -35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 35 17 14 1 0 2 2 3 7/11 0/0 3/4 6 8 33 +6
N. Batum 35 16 9 6 4 0 2 2 6/16 3/6 1/1 0 9 39 +1
K. Walker 33 16 4 6 0 0 4 1 6/17 2/6 2/3 0 4 28 +15
C. Zeller 31 12 9 3 0 1 0 1 5/7 0/0 2/2 0 9 28 +10
M. Williams 26 8 6 1 0 1 2 3 2/6 2/6 2/2 0 6 15 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 35 17 14 1 0 2 2 3 7/11 0/0 3/4 6 8 33 +6
N. Batum 35 16 9 6 4 0 2 2 6/16 3/6 1/1 0 9 39 +1
K. Walker 33 16 4 6 0 0 4 1 6/17 2/6 2/3 0 4 28 +15
C. Zeller 31 12 9 3 0 1 0 1 5/7 0/0 2/2 0 9 28 +10
M. Williams 26 8 6 1 0 1 2 3 2/6 2/6 2/2 0 6 15 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Sessions 19 17 2 2 0 0 1 0 3/8 3/4 8/8 0 2 22 -5
M. Belinelli 22 14 1 5 0 0 0 3 5/10 2/5 2/2 0 1 25 +4
F. Kaminsky 25 10 2 2 2 1 2 4 4/5 2/2 0/0 0 2 17 +6
R. Hibbert 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +2
S. Hawes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lamb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Roberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 240 112 47 26 6 5 13 18 39/82 14/29 20/22 6 41 209 +35