Allen's big night lifts Nets over Hornets

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Jarrett Allen totaled season highs of 22 points and 17 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Charlotte Hornets 101-91 Wednesday night in New York.

The Nets won for the second time in three games without Kyrie Irving, who sat out due to right shoulder impingement. Brooklyn also rebounded from a 29-point home loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday thanks to Allen, who came within two points of his career high set Nov. 17 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Allen enjoyed one of the most productive games of his career and recorded his fifth double-double of the season. He shot 9-for-12 from the floor as Brooklyn overcame shooting 39.6 percent and outrebounded Charlotte 53-41.

Taurean Prince added 20 points while shooting 6-for-15 in a game where the Nets never led by more than 12 points. Spencer Dinwiddie started for Irving and contributed 20 while tying a season high with eight assists.

Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 18 points but shot 5 of 14 as the Hornets dropped their second straight game following dramatic last-second wins over the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks. DeVonte’ Graham added 17 points but shot 5 of 16 as Charlotte never got into a rhythm and shot 37 percent from the field.

Malik Monk added 13 while Miles Bridges contributed 12 for Charlotte, which has trailed by double-digits in each of its first 15 games this season.

The Nets took their first double-digit lead at 42-32 on a 3-point play by Dinwiddie with 6:02 left and led 56-51 at halftime. Allen’s putback dunk with 7:02 left in the third put Brooklyn ahead 70-60 and the Nets held an 82-73 lead going into the fourth.

Brooklyn missed its first six shots of the fourth, allowing the Hornets to get within 86-83 on two free throws by Dwayne Bacon with 6:28 left. Prince finally ended Brooklyn’s shooting drought with a 3-pointer from the left side with 5:47 to go, then hit a transition layup with 3:28 left for a 95-86 lead.

The Nets then sealed the game on a 3-pointer by Joe Harris with 1:33 left that made it 100-88.

--Field Level Media