Williams lifts Nets over Hornets

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Updated: February 26, 2013

Deron Williams poured in a game-high 33
points and dished out eight assists to help the Brooklyn Nets edge the New
Orleans Hornets, 101-97, on Tuesday.

Brook Lopez added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and C.J. Watson
dropped in 10 points for the Nets, who were without Joe Johnson (foot) for the
third straight game.

Greivis Vasquez scored 20 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists
and Robin Lopez added 14 points and pulled down seven boards for the Hornets,
who have dropped four of their last five games.

Rookie forward Anthony Davis scored six points before leaving the game
in the third quarter with an apparent left shoulder injury.

Brooklyn shot a blistering 66.7 percent (14-for-21) in the first quarter to
race out to a 31-20 lead. Williams scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from
the floor in the quarter.

The Nets stayed hot in the second, shooting 56.3 (9-for-16) percent to take a
57-41 lead into the break.

The Hornets made up some ground in the third, outscoring the Nets 24-16 in
the frame.

New Orleans shaved the lead to four points several times and once got it down
to three in the fourth quarter, but the Nets always seemed to have an answer.

Vazquez’s layup with 4:01 left made it 86-82, but Brook Lopez scored the next
four points to push the spread to 90-82 with 1:41 remaining.

Robin Lopez knocked down a pair of free throws eight seconds later, but
Williams countered with a deep 3-pointer to make it a nine-point game with
just under 1 1/2 minutes remaining.

After trading makes, Vasquez canned a 3-ball to cut the lead to 95-89 with
46.7 seconds remaining and Anderson knocked down another triple with 19.3
ticks showing to make it 95-92.

Williams made a pair of free throws before Anderson drilled a 22-foot
turnaround jumper from the left corner. Anderson took an inbounds pass in the
corner and quickly turned and fired away, but couldn’t get his right foot
behind the line.

Williams buried another pair of free throws to make it a five-point game with
15.3 seconds left, but Vasquez drained another 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left
to give the Hornets a shred of hope.

However, Williams sunk yet another pair of free throws and Vasquez’s
desperation heave at the buzzer was no good.

Game Notes

The Nets went 12-for-20 from behind the arc (60 percent) … Brooklyn had
dropped four straight in New Orleans … Williams was 9-for-10 for the game
from the free throw line … Eric Gordon scored 10 points on 4-for-15 shooting
for the Hornets.