EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Nov. 3 (Ticker) -- Keith Van Horn
scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the New Jersey Nets bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 95-85 triumph over the Charlotte Hornets.
Kenyon Martin goes baseline for a dunk against P.J. Brown.
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Van Horn scored just nine points in Friday's loss to Detroit but came back strong. He made 9-of-20 shots, including five 3-pointers, as the Nets snapped a five-game losing streak to the Hornets.
New Jersey held a 52-48 lead at halftime and took control in the third quarter. Van Horn had five straight points and Jason Kidd added a three-point play for a 69-54 lead with 6:27 left.
"I was really frustrated after last night," Van Horn said. "I had a lot of time to think about it, I really wanted to come out with a lot of energy. Coming off last night's game, the way we played, to come back like this, I think it says something against a quality team."
The Hornets climbed within six points twice in the fourth quarter, the second time on a 3-pointer by Mashburn that cut the deficit to 87-81 with 3:10 left. Kenyon Martin made two free throws and Van Horn tossed in his final 3-pointer of the game to seal the victory.
"At the beginning of the game, Keith was making some shots and then he just carried it over," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "A couple of times on the offensive end, he tried to force things. I told him to just let it come to you. Some nights you are going to have a big game and some nights you are not."
Martin and Kerry Kittles each scored 16 points and rookie Richard Jefferson added 11 off the bench for the Nets, which held a slim 47-45 rebounding edge. But 18 of those rebounds came on the offensive end, leading to 27 second-chance points.
"I think the key was activity and energy level," Van Horn said. "Those are energy numbers and hustle points."
Kidd finished with 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds for New Jersey, but his value could not be measured by statistics alone. The Nets held a commanding 31-9 edge in fast-break points and limited the Hornets to 41 percent (33-of-81) shooting.
"I thought tonight we did a good job against them as far as defense is concerned," Scott said. "We tried to give them one shot. It seemed like we came out with an aggressive mentality and played a tough physical team just as they would have played us."
New Jersey also finished a grueling stretch of four games in five nights with a 3-1 mark. The Nets have four days off until their next game Thursday against Seattle.
Elden Campbell led Charlotte with 26 points, making all 10 of his free throws. David Wesley finished with 16 points and Jamal Mashburn added 14 as the Hornets (2-1) suffered their first loss of the year.
"Tonight we could not get into any offensive or defensive flow," Charlotte coach Paul Silas said. "And when they had their spurt, we couldn't catch them after that. Our energy level was not what it should be. I think last night's game (against New York) has something to with that."
Charlotte made just 4-of-17 from beyond the arc as Mashburn made 1-of-5 and Baron Davis sank 1-of-4. Davis made 6-of-15 shots for 13 points and six assists.
"We got so far behind that we lost our patience and tried to get everything back by taking quick shots," Davis said. "The Nets just outhustled us tonight. We didn't have the energy we needed to respond in the second half."
The Hornets turned the ball over 20 times, leading to 18 points for the Nets.