The Nets picked up their first loss of the Charlotte Hornets 106-104 last night in Charlotte. The Nets were able to come back late after being down by as much as 13 points, but they could not hold the lead as the Hornets were to take advantage of the Net’s mistakes all game long.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Without them, the Nets would have lost this game by a lot more than two points. KD and Kyrie are the third pair of teammates in Nets history to score 20+ points in their first two games. Last night, Durant scored 29 points with three rebounds and four assists, while Irving netted 25 points, three rebounds, and six assists. Both players were called upon late in the game to make plays, and both delivered. Although Durant missed a chance to tie the game late, both KD and Kyrie will come up with big performances.
Joe Harris and Caris LeVert were also two bright spots for the team. LeVert provides a spark off the bench and may now be brought into the starting lineup if Spencer Dinwiddie‘s knee injury forces him to miss time. LeVert finished the game with 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Harris also provided the sharpshooting shot Nets fans expect from him. Harris finished the game with 13 points, two rebounds, and one assist.
It was a rough game for the Nets on both sides of the ball. For starters, both Landry Shamet and Taurean Prince were awful. Shamet shot eight three-pointers and missed them all. While Prince shot five three-pointers and missed them all. Not good. The Nets turned over the ball 19 times and gave up 13 offensive rebounds. Six of which were grabbed by PJ Washington. The Hornets also dominated the paint, outscoring the Nets 64-26 in the paint.
Another big blow to the Nets was the injury to Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie went down with a knee injury midway through the 3rd quarter and did not return to the game. He was diagnosed with a right knee strain.
The Nets will not have to wait long for their next game as they travel back to Brooklyn to take on the Grizzlies tonight at 7:30 PM. While it is unclear whether KD will be in action due to load management, the Nets will be looking to bounce back in tonight’s contest.