CHARLOTTE, NC, Feb. 27 (Ticker) --
The Charlotte Hornets learned from their mistakes.
scored 19 of his 37 points in the first quarter as the Hornets jumped out to a big lead on the New Jersey Nets for the second time in four days, this time easily holding on for a 104-85 victory.
Charlotte squandered a 23-point lead in a 95-93 loss to New Jersey at Continental Airlines Arena on Sunday and duplicated its hot start at home. But history did not repeat itself.
After the Nets scored the game's first four points, the Hornets responded with a 25-12 run led by Mashburn, who scored 17 points during the burst and made 8-of-10 shots in the first quarter.
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When Jamal Mashburn scored his 27th point, the New Jersey Nets had scored 29 points.
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"I didn't think I was in the zone," Mashburn said. "I was just being aggressive. It was one of those games."
Charlotte took a double-digit lead for good on a dunk by Jamaal Magloire
late in the first quarter and led by as many as 27 points in the second, the largest deficit New Jersey has faced this season.
"That was a good old-fashioned (butt)-kicking right there," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "That was a team that wanted to win and played like it. We took it on the chin."
The Nets closed within 53-42 early in the third quarter, but Mashburn scored seven points during a 13-5 spurt as the Hornets pulled away and snapped their three-game losing streak.
"We finished the game tonight," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "They made their run and we starved them off and took it home. I think we can handle just about anybody when we are on top of our game."
Mashburn made 15-of-20 shots from the floor and 6-of-8 free throws. He is averaging 32 points in six games since returning from an abdominal injury that forced him to miss the previous 42 contests.
"Jamal played great, he kept them at bay when they made their run," Silas said. "Whatever I needed he provided out there. He lit them up. He initiated a lot of things for us tonight. He's getting his legs back."
"My confidence has always been there. The toughest part is getting into game shape," Mashburn said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself to make this a better team."
Magloire scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for Charlotte, which shot 52 percent (42-of-81) from the floor and held a 45-36 rebounding edge.
added 15 points and 10 assists despite suffering from a bruised chest and Lee Nailon
scored 11 points off the bench.
"We played (the Nets) hard the last few times we played, but we shot ourselves in the foot," Nailon said. "We wanted to come out and make a statement. This is a big win, we can get confidence and build on it."
had 13 points, six assists and six rebounds and Aaron Williams
added 12 points off the bench as New Jersey had a season-high six-game winning streak snapped.
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scored 10 points and was the only other player in double figures for the Nets.
New Jersey shot only 45 percent (34-of-75), made just 13-of-24 free throws and committed 20 turnovers leading 25 points for Charlotte.
"We had too many turnovers and too many missed free throws," Scott said. "We had a chance to get it to nine, but we missed a few free throws, which killed us." "We did not meet the challenge," said Nets forward Kenyon Martin
, who had eight points. "We were soft tonight."