The top five teams in the Eastern Conference have separated from the rest of the field.
The Brooklyn Nets lead the best of the rest, but the Hornets are on their heels and will try to catch them when the teams meet in Charlotte on Saturday night.
The Nets (30-30) lost their first game after the All-Star break, falling 113-99 to visiting Portland on Thursday. The Hornets (28-30) will be playing on a back-to-back after beating Washington 123-110 on Friday night to open a four-game homestand.
"Win or lose you've got to forget the last game," Nets center Ed Davis told the media recently. "We've got a big game for us against Charlotte." >> Read More
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