Nets vs. Hornets: New Jersey Falls Apart in 3rd Quarter, Dropped by New Orleans

December 22nd, 2010 by Ryan Comstock Leave a reply »
After a tight opening 24 minutes, the New Jersey Nets went into halftime trailing the New Orleans Hornets 57-50.

Then the third quarter happened, and it all came undone.

In the third, New Jersey shot 26 percent from the field and scored 13 points while allowing the Hornets to shoot 65 percent and score 26—giving New Orleans a 20-point lead going into the fourth.

The game was never again close.

On the night, New Orleans shot at 54 percent. They were led by Emeka Okafor (21 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 10 rebounds) and Chris Paul (12 points, 14 assists and six rebounds on 6-of-8 shooting).

David West also added in 18 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets.

Devin Harris was the only Nets starter who was consistently able to get it going, scoring 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting and dishing out eight assists.

Brook Lopez struggled and was clearly bothered by Okafor's defensive presence. He scored 16 points but hit just six of his 16 shot attempts. He also mustered all of four rebounds, as that area of his game continues to be a problem.

Sasha Vujacic and Derrick Favors had nice games ...

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