Irving and Durant lead Nets past Hornets for 11th straight win

Irving and Durant lead Nets past Hornets for 11th straight win


CHARLOTTE NC (AP) – Kyrie Irving scored 18 of his 28 points in the first half, Kevin Durant added 23 points and the Brooklyn Nets made it 11 straight wins, beating the Charlotte Hornets 123-106 on Saturday night.

Brooklyn never trailed and led by 10 points in the first quarter, 15 in the second, 18 in the third and 22 in the fourth to improve to 24-12.

Royce O’Neale and Nic Claxton each had 14 points for Brooklyn, Yuta Watanabe had 11 and TJ Warren 10.

LaMelo Bal had 23 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists for Charlotte. Mason Plumlee added 22 points. The Hornets dropped to 10-27.

After Charlotte cut the lead to 71-65 early in the third quarter, Irving and Durant combined to score 11 of the Nets’ next 13 points and spark Brooklyn’s 28-14 surge to take a 97-79 lead into the quarter quarter


Nets: Guard/forward Joe Harris missed his fourth straight game Saturday with a sore left knee.

Hornets: Charlotte coach Steve Clifford had no calendar for Kelly Oubre Jr. return to its alignment. Oubre missed his second game in three Saturdays with a sprained left hand.

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