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Howard has 32 points, 30 rebounds in Hornets' win over Nets

NEW YORK (AP) One of Dwight Howard's close friends wasn't too enthused with the center's effort at halftime. So, he sent him a text message to let him know.

It pushed the Charlotte Hornets star to one of the most dominant performances in NBA history.

Howard had 32 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds, becoming just the eighth player in league history with a 30-30 game, and the Hornets stormed back to beat Brooklyn 111-105 on Wednesday night.

''I just thought that my energy and effort wasn't where it needed to be for our team to be successful,'' Howard said. ''Got a text at halftime from somebody and it kind of got me motivated and gave me some extra energy.''

Howard is the first NBA player with a 30-point, 30-rebound game since Kevin Love did it for Minnesota on Nov. 12, 2010.

''Never been part of something like that,'' Hornets teammate Kemba Walker said. ''It was incredible. Yeah, it was incredible to see those kinds of numbers and be a part of it. Yeah, it was crazy.''

Howard also became the first player with a 30-30 game against the Nets since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it for the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 3, 1978, when he had 37 points and 30 rebounds.

''I mean that's great to be named with someone like Kareem,'' Howard said. ''It's one of the guys I looked up to growing up, him and Wilt Chamberlain.''

Walker scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets, who trailed by as many 23 points in the second half but rallied to win in front of an announced crowd of 10,231 at Barclay Center while a heavy snowfall outside blanketed the New York City area.

Trailing 105-102 after a pair of free throws from D'Angelo Russell with 2:14 left in regulation, the Hornets tightened up on defense and went on a 9-0 run to pull off the impressive comeback.

Jeremy Lamb, who had 17 points to help end Charlotte's two-game losing streak, made a layup to cut the deficit to 105-104. The Hornets then called a timeout after a miss by Caris LeVert with 23 seconds left.

Brooklyn missed its last five shots of the game.

Despite having made just five of his first 24 shots on the night, on the ensuing possession, Walker got the green light from Hornets coach Steve Clifford. The Bronx native, who starred at Rice High School in Harlem, spun around Quincy Acy and capped a three-point play to put Charlotte up 107-105, the Hornets' first lead of the night since a 16-15 advantage with 5:46 in the opening quarter.

''I'd been struggling the whole night, but guys are confident in me and that's all that matters,'' Walker said. ''Coach still wanted me to be the one to take the shot.''

LeVert then missed a chance to tie it when he was met by Howard under the basket. Howard then hit a pair of free throws to make it 109-105.

Russell scored 19 points and LeVert added 11 for the Nets, whose two-game winning streak was snapped. They have yet to have won three consecutive this season.

''We've done a great job the last two games locking down in the fourth quarter and tonight we didn't,'' Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said.

Brooklyn used a stellar defensive effort to take a 62-43 lead into halftime before everything fell apart in the last 18 minutes of the game. The Hornets were limited to 16-for-44 shooting from the field and committed 10 turnovers.

The Nets led 82-59 after Carroll's layup with 6:13 left in the third quarter before the Hornets started to chip away as Howard had nine points to pace a 16-5 run to head into the fourth quarter trailing 87-75.

Charlotte then outscored the Nets 36-18 the rest of the way.

A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO

Chamberlain leads the career list with 124 games of at least 30 points and 30 rebounds, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It has been done 32 times by a select list of players that includes Love, Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone and Robert Parish.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Cody Zeller remained out due to left knee soreness. He has missed his last six games. ... Nicolas Batum missed his second straight game because of tendinitis in his left Achilles. Lamb again started in his place.

Nets: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 13 points.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Host Memphis on Thursday night.

Nets: Visit Toronto on Friday night.

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Key Players
K. Walker
15 PG
D. Russell
1 PG
25.8 Min. Per Game 25.8
16.0 Pts. Per Game 16.0
4.9 Ast. Per Game 4.9
3.9 Reb. Per Game 3.9
42.7 Field Goal % 41.7
43.0 Three Point % 41.7
85.3 Free Throw % 75.6
  Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard 0:01
  DeMarre Carroll missed driving layup 0:03
+ 1 Frank Kaminsky made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:08
+ 1 Frank Kaminsky made 1st of 2 free throws 0:08
  Personal foul on Caris LeVert 0:08
  Offensive foul on Quincy Acy 0:11
  Offensive foul on Quincy Acy 0:11
+ 1 Dwight Howard made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:11
+ 1 Dwight Howard made 1st of 2 free throws 0:11
  Personal foul on Caris LeVert 0:11
  Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard 0:11
Team Stats
Points 111 105
Field Goals 36-94 (38.3%) 39-93 (41.9%)
3-Pointers 3-16 (18.8%) 13-37 (35.1%)
Free Throws 36-47 (76.6%) 14-21 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 79 51
Offensive 23 10
Defensive 45 36
Team 11 5
Assists 18 22
Steals 3 6
Blocks 2 11
Turnovers 13 12
Fouls 16 36
Technicals 3 0
32 PTS, 30 REB, 1 AST
19 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Hornets 31-41 22213236111
home team logo Nets 23-49 34282518105
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 31-41 112.1 PPG 44.6 RPG 23.8 APG
home team logo Nets 23-49 111.4 PPG 45.8 RPG 23.5 APG
Key Players
D. Howard C PPG RPG APG FG%
D. Russell PG 18.5 PPG 3.8 RPG 6.4 APG 43.0 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Howard C 32 PTS 30 REB 1 AST
D. Russell PG 19 PTS 4 REB 5 AST
38.3 FG% 41.9
18.8 3PT FG% 35.1
76.6 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Howard 32 30 1 10/17 0/0 12/21 3 34 0 0 6 11 19 +16 58
K. Walker 24 5 6 6/25 1/5 11/11 1 37 2 0 0 2 3 +13 43
J. Lamb 17 7 2 8/13 1/2 0/0 4 32 0 1 2 2 5 +11 27
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 9 4 0 2/5 0/0 5/6 1 20 0 1 0 3 1 +2 14
M. Williams 0 2 1 0/6 0/3 0/0 1 22 1 0 0 0 2 +2 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Howard 32 30 1 10/17 0/0 12/21 3 34 0 0 6 11 19 +16 58
K. Walker 24 5 6 6/25 1/5 11/11 1 37 2 0 0 2 3 +13 43
J. Lamb 17 7 2 8/13 1/2 0/0 4 32 0 1 2 2 5 +11 27
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 9 4 0 2/5 0/0 5/6 1 20 0 1 0 3 1 +2 14
M. Williams 0 2 1 0/6 0/3 0/0 1 22 1 0 0 0 2 +2 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
F. Kaminsky 11 4 3 4/10 0/2 3/3 4 25 0 0 1 0 4 +4 20
D. Bacon 6 6 0 3/7 0/0 0/0 1 27 0 0 2 0 6 +8 10
W. Hernangomez 5 7 0 1/3 0/0 3/4 1 13 0 0 0 4 3 -10 12
M. Monk 5 3 5 1/7 1/4 2/2 0 16 0 0 2 1 2 -4 16
T. Graham 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 -12 2
N. Batum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Carter-Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 111 68 18 36/94 3/16 36/47 16 234 3 2 13 23 45 +30 207
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Russell 19 4 5 7/17 2/5 3/4 2 28 0 1 2 0 4 -7 32
R. Hollis-Jefferson 13 5 3 5/13 0/0 3/4 6 30 3 1 3 2 3 -2 25
D. Carroll 11 6 1 4/14 1/8 2/6 4 29 0 0 1 0 6 -1 18
A. Crabbe 9 5 2 3/8 2/5 1/1 5 28 0 2 1 0 5 -8 19
J. Allen 6 9 0 3/4 0/1 0/0 6 25 0 4 2 4 5 -11 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Russell 19 4 5 7/17 2/5 3/4 2 28 0 1 2 0 4 -7 32
R. Hollis-Jefferson 13 5 3 5/13 0/0 3/4 6 30 3 1 3 2 3 -2 25
D. Carroll 11 6 1 4/14 1/8 2/6 4 29 0 0 1 0 6 -1 18
A. Crabbe 9 5 2 3/8 2/5 1/1 5 28 0 2 1 0 5 -8 19
J. Allen 6 9 0 3/4 0/1 0/0 6 25 0 4 2 4 5 -11 17
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. LeVert 14 5 4 6/15 2/4 0/1 5 26 1 0 1 2 3 -9 27
S. Dinwiddie 13 2 2 4/7 2/4 3/3 2 24 0 0 1 1 1 -2 18
J. Harris 11 6 3 4/9 1/4 2/2 1 23 2 1 0 0 6 +5 26
Q. Acy 9 4 2 3/6 3/6 0/0 5 22 0 2 1 1 3 +5 18
D. Cunningham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Doyle - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Webb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 105 46 22 39/93 13/37 14/21 36 235 6 11 12 10 36 -30 200