Nets Stung by Hornets 104-96

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Kemba Walker scored 28 points, Al Jefferson added 18 in his second game back from right knee surgery, and the Charlotte Hornets extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 104-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.

The Hornets also posted a season-best fourth straight win on the road, a winning streak they will bring to Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland on Wednesday.

Nicolas Batum had 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Charlotte, which improved to 6-1 in February. Jeremy Lin scored 11 points and Marvin Williams had nine points and 12 rebounds.

Joe Johnson scored 17 points for the Nets in their final game before a nine-game road trip. Brook Lopez had 16 points, including his first 3-pointer to beat the third-quarter buzzer. He added 10 rebounds and six assists, his most in a game in nearly six years.

The Nets start their trip with a game Tuesday in Portland and don't play back at home again until hosting Milwaukee on March 13, as they yield Barclays Center to the circus and the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament. 

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