The Brooklyn Nets picked up a critical 91-88 victory Wednesday night against the Hornets in Charlotte, as Brook Lopez led the way with a game-high 34 points, ten rebounds and three blocks.
The win pulled the Nets within a half-game of the eighth and final place at the bottom of the Eastern Conference’s Playoff race.
Unfortunately for BK, Thaddeus Young went down in the third quarter with a hyperextended left knee.
Per the NY Post:
The win allowed the Nets (30-40) to remain 1 ¹/₂ games out behind in the race for the final playoff spot while also ensuring they clinched the tiebreaker over the Hornets because of a 2-1 edge in the season series.
“I’m just very sore right now,” said Young, who stepped on Gerald Henderson’s foot, causing his ankle and leg to bend awkwardly and send him crashing to the floor in pain, grabbing at his leg. “I’ll be fine. It’s just one of those things where I’m going to wake up tomorrow like, ‘Man.’ […] “But I’m cool. I’ll be fine. Everything was negative so far, so I’m just ready to try to get myself back out there.”
Though (Al) Jefferson also played well, finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots, it was Lopez who made plays when it counted, scoring six out of eight points during one stretch late in the fourth quarter when both teams took turns exchanging baskets as they alternated between being tied and the Nets holding a two-point lead. […] “His touch right now near the basket is off the charts,” said Deron Williams, who finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and 14 assists — eight of which came on passes to Lopez. “We just need to keep feeding him in pick-and-rolls and exploiting it whenever we have a chance.”