Crabbe has 29 points, Nets beat Hornets 125-111
Brooklyn Nets' Allen Crabbe (33) shoots past Charlotte Hornets' Nicolas Batum (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
By Steve Reed, Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Allen Crabbe made his first six 3-point attempts and finished with 29 points and eight rebounds, helping the Brooklyn Nets beat the Charlotte Hornets 125-111 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) to snap a four-game losing streak.
Caris Levert scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 points and 12 rebounds to provide a spark off the bench for the Nets. They entered the game tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Kemba Walker had 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting for the Hornets. They've lost five straight games.
The Nets took control in the second quarter behind Crabbe, who made his first seven shots from the field, including six from beyond the three-point line.
The Hornets cut it to eight with 7:30 left after Walker scored six straight points, including an and-one off a three-point jumper. But Crabbe scored on a drive and Levert knocked down a triple from the left wing to ignite an 11-0 run to put the game away.
For a team that prides itself on defense, the Hornets can't seem to stop anyone lately. They have allowed at least 125 points in three of their last six games.
Rookie Malik Monk continues to see extensive playing time for the Hornets with Michael Carter-Williams out with a shoulder injury. Monk had 13 points in 21 minutes on 6-of-14 shooting for Charlotte.
Nets: Twelve of their 31 third quarter points came off seven Charlotte turnovers. ... Outrebounded the Hornets 43-36. ... Spencer Dinwiddle had 10 assists.
Hornets: Cody Zeller picked up a flagrant one foul for swinging an elbow while setting a screen. Zeller scored in double figures for just the seventh time this season. ... Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen attended the game.
Nets: Host Philadelphia on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).
Hornets: Host Phoenix on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).