CHARLOTTE -- The Charlotte Hornets hope to extract revenge on the Brooklyn Nets in the same manner that they did on the Chicago Bulls earlier this season when the clubs meet in a rematch Friday night.
The Nets shocked the Hornets 134-132 in two overtimes Wednesday night, getting the winning hoop when Charlotte's Malik Monk fumbled the ball in the final seconds to Brooklyn's Joe Harris, who turned it into a tie-breaking layup.
"Great fight," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson assessed after the game. "We lost the game three or four times.
"Just a total team win. There were a lot of big plays from the whole group, and that's kind of how we're built, that's how we're going to keep going forward."
Kemba Walker had 35 points and Jeremy Lamb had 31 in Wednesday's loss.
Two nights later, the clubs met again, with Charlotte getting more than even with a 135-106 pounding. It was the Hornets' only previous home-and-home series this year.
Charlotte has lost two in a row in the wake of a two-game winning streak. The losses both came on the road after they'd completed a 3-2 homestand with wins over Cleveland and Detroit.
Walker had 31 points in the game's first 45 minutes, but then was held to just one field goal in the final three minutes of regulation and 10 minutes of overtime.
"The way they guarded me, I don't know if anyone else in this league is getting guarded like they guarded me," he insisted to reporters afterward. "It was like a box-and-one. I haven't seen that since I was in college. It was crazy. I guess that's what teams are going to do. I have to trust in my teammates to make plays."
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