The Brooklyn Nets got out to a huge first quarter lead on their way to an easy 114-87 win over the struggling Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night. Outside shooting was the difference in the game as the Nets hit 16 of 23 shots from beyond the arc (69.6 percent).
Joe Johnson led the way for Brooklyn with 22 points on 9 of 16 shooting from the floor, including 4 of 6 from deep. Deron Williams and Mason Plumlee each had a double-double in the win. Williams recorded 18 points on 3 of 4 from 3-point range to go along with 10 assists while Plumlee added 11 points and 13 rebounds. The Nets also got excellent production off the bench led by Alan Anderson who totaled 17 points while missing just one shot. Jarrett Jack chipped in with 14 points and five assists while Bojan Bogdanovic had 12 points and six boards.
The Hornets got most of their scoring punch off the bench led by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Brian Roberts. Kidd-Gilchrist had 15 points and five rebounds while Roberts had 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting. The only starters to score in double figures for Charlotte were Lance Stephenson and Kemba Walker who had 11 points apiece.
Brandon Davies played 15:40 in his second game in a new uniform and had four points on 2 of 5 shooting from the floor, including a miss on his only 3-point attempt. Both his baskets came in the second quarter, including a midrange baseline jumper and a turnaround in the paint. He added four rebounds and a block, but also had two turnovers. An interesting part of the storyline is that he has already won as many games with the Nets in two chances as he did this season with the 76ers.
Up next for Davies and the Nets is a visit from the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.