Durant, Harris help Nets bury Hornets

Joe Harris scored 26 and Kevin Durant poured in 25 points and added 11 assists as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 130-115, on Friday night, April 16 (Saturday, April 17, Manila time) in a matchup of injury-riddled teams in New York.

Landry Shamet added 20 points off the Brooklyn bench.

The outcome means Brooklyn, which lost Wednesday night at Philadelphia, hasn't dropped consecutive games since early February.

Miles Bridges poured in 33 points and Terry Rozier had 27 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, while rookie center Vernon Carey Jr notched a 21-point outing.

Charlotte has lost four games in a row for just the second time this season.

Durant was back in action after sitting on Wednesday night's loss at Philadelphia.

The Nets shot 21-of-41 on three-pointers and they sank 15-of-16 free throws. Harris was 6-for-9 on threes.

The Hornets had a 35-point first quarter that tended to ease some concerns about recent ragged offense.

Still, Charlotte lost despite shooting 53% from the field. It was hampered by 19 turnovers.

The Nets were in their first game since the announced retirement of center LaMarcus Aldridge, who had made his debut with the team barely two weeks earlier in a victory against Charlotte. 

Aldridge’s sudden decision to retire was revealed Thursday based on a heart condition. He had 11 points and 9 rebounds versus the Hornets on April 1.

The Hornets' growing injury list now includes guard Devonte' Graham, who was out with a quad contusion. He's the team's fourth-leading scorer at 14.2 points per game. Only team scoring leader Rozier played among the Hornets' leading six scorers based on average this season.

The Nets won two of three games against the Hornets this season, with the home team winning each matchup. – Rappler.com