Mikal Bridges stars again as Nets keep momentum going with win over Hornets

Mikal Bridges was lights out in the first quarter against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.|Art or Photo Credit: AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Mikal Bridges went 9-for-9 in a 19-point first quarter, finishing with 33 to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 102-86 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.

Two nights after coming from 28 down to beat Boston in the biggest comeback in the NBA this season, the Nets led by as much as 37 after Bridges' fast start in the highest-scoring quarter of his career.

He didn’t attempt a shot in the second quarter but did make a pair of free throws. His first miss of the night, a 3-pointer from the right wing, came in the opening seconds of the third quarter. Spencer Dinwiddie added 24 points for the Nets, who have won two straight. Cam Johnson chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Joe Harris had 12 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. had 17 points and Mark Williams added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Hornets, who have lost three consecutive games. Charlotte trailed by as many as 37 in the third quarter before going on a 22-2 run which spanned the final three minutes of the period and the first two of the final quarter. Svi Mykhailiuk’s 3-pointer off a pass from Dennis Smith Jr. cut the Nets' lead 86-71 with 10:13 to play in the fourth. Bridges helped the Nets pull away in the first quarter with 4:47 remaining after Gordon Hayward connected on a pair of shots. Dinwiddie found Bridges for a jumper that keyed a 10-0 run, which he capped with a 13-foot shot to make it 28-17.

Terry Rozier’s layup ended the scoring drought for the Hornets, but the Nets closed out the quarter with an 8-2 spurt highlighted by Bridges’ 12-foot jumper that extended the lead 36-21 before time expired. Brooklyn then limited the Hornets to 6-for-19 shooting from the field in the second quarter, outscoring them 34-20 in the period to take a 70-41 lead at halftime.

The Nets shot 25-for-48 in the first half, including 10-for-26 beyond long distance.


Hornets: P.J. Washington returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games due to a right foot sprain. He had eight points and eight rebounds. … Charlotte has lost nine of its last 10 games on the road. … Smith had 16 points.

Nets: Bridges has four 30-point games in nine games as a Net. He had only two in 365 games with Phoenix. … Brooklyn allowed a season-low 41 first half points.


Hornets: Will remain in New York and play the Knicks on Tuesday night.

Nets: Visit the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night for the start of a five-game road trip.