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Johnson Leads Hot-Shooting Nets Over Hornets
From the Wall Street Journal of Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:46:02 EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins felt Joe Johnson had a size matchup he could exploit against Gerald Henderson.

Johnson, nearly two inches taller and 30 pounds heavier than Henderson, took full advantage.

The Nets went to the 13-year NBA veteran in the low post early and often, and Johnson responded with 14 of his 22 points in the first quarter as Brooklyn built a big lead and rolled to an easy 114-87 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night.

Johnson was 9 of 16 from the field and 4 of 6 from 3-point range as the Nets shot 16 of 23 from beyond the arc as a team.

The Nets would end up riding it all game, building their lead to 26 points at the end of the third quarter and as many as 34 in the fourth.

Brooklyn moved the ball extremely well on offense, finishing with 29 assists while shooting a torrid 16 of 23 from 3-point range. The Nets had 25 assists the night before in an 88-70 win over Philadelphia.

The Hornets’ 3-point defense has been sorely lacking of late, allowing opponents to make 62 of 132 attempts over the past six games.

Coach Steve Clifford said his undersized team has focused on packing the lane in recent games to help with rebounding, which has contributed to their struggles defending the 3-point shot.

It didn’t help that the Hornets were coming off a double-overtime loss the night before in Memphis and didn’t get back in to Charlotte until the early morning hours. Clifford said Al Jefferson, in particular, “looked tired” after playing 45 minutes on Friday night.

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