The Brooklyn Nets shot 72 percent from 3-point range through three quarters, building a 34-point lead along the way, to thump the Charlotte Hornets Saturday 114-87 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Nets made 13 of their first 18 3s, including four by small forward Joe Johnson, to plow away on a night when their top two big men, Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett, sat out the game.
Johnson finished with 22 points in 31 minutes as the Nets improved to 10-12. The Hornets lost their second in a row, falling to 6-17.
Despite the absence of Lopez and Garnett, Hornets center Al Jefferson finished with just eight points and five rebounds. This was only the second time this season Jefferson has failed to score 10 or more points. He finished with six last month in a home loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Lance Stephenson and Kemba Walker finished with 11 points each for the Hornets.
The Hornets fell behind by as many as 18 points in the first half before recovering to trail 52-42 at halftime. Based on Brooklyn's shooting percentages, Charlotte's defense was pretty bad: The Nets made 20-of-36 field goals in the first half and 7-of-11 3-point attempts.
Johnson was the biggest problem for the Hornets, scoring 17 first-half points off 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Beyond Johnson the Nets got most of their offense from point guard Deron Williams (18 points and 10 assists) and reserve Alan Anderson (17 points)
The Nets came into the game shorthanded. Lopez is still out with a lower back strain and forward Mirza Teletovic missed the game with a hip pointer. Veteran Garnett was held out because it was the second of games on back-to-back days.
The Hornets are off Sunday before a Monday road game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.