The center tandem of Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan combined for 36 points as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night at Barclays Center, 101-91.
Up by three with seven minutes to go, the Nets outscored the Hornets 11-5 over the next five minutes to go up 11 with under two minutes remaining.
Allen posted a double-double with 22 points and 17 rebounds and Jordan had 14 points and seven rebounds. Allen shot 9-for-12 and Jordan made all five of his field goal attempts.
Spencer Dinwiddie and Taurean Prince had 20 points apiece. Dinwiddie had eight assists and Prince grabbed eight rebounds.
The Nets held a 56-51 lead at halftime, finding a flow in the second quarter after both teams started off with some shaky shooting.
Tied at 26 after the first quarter, the Nets pulled ahead with an 11-2 run early in the second quarter, with a Prince 3-pointer putting them up 39-30. Brooklyn lead by as many as 11 points late in the quarter with Joe Harris and Theo Pinson 3-pointers sandwiched around an Allen dunk rolling to the rim off a screen.
Dinwiddie, Prince and Jordan each scored in double figures in the first half to fuel Brooklyn’s five-point lead at the break.
Allen got rolling in the third quarter, scoring nine points in the first five minutes, with his fourth dunk of the quarter putting Brooklyn up 70-60. With the Hornets back within five, the Nets got a little 6-0 burst with a Dinwiddie finish followed by a Dinwiddie three-point play off a long jumper plus two Jordan free throws to go back up 11. The Nets took an 82-73 lead into the fourth quarter.
After the Hornets cut the Brooklyn lead to three points with seven minutes remaining, Dinwiddie converted two free throws. A Prince 3-pointer and Allen rebound basket put the Nets up 91-83 with five minutes remaining. After a Miles Bridges 3-pointer for Charlotte, Allen made two free throws and Prince scored in transition off a turnover. A Dinwiddie jumper put the Nets up 97-86.