CHARLOTTE, N.C -- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Nic Batum made two clutch 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Brooklyn Nets 112-105 on Saturday night for their third straight win.
Ramon Sessions added 17 points off the bench for the Hornets, who have won nine of their last 10 at home.
The win helped the Hornets avenge a 120-118 loss to the Nets on Dec. 26 in which Randy Foye beat them with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Brook Lopez had 24 points for the struggling Nets, who have lost 12 of their last 13 and failed in their quest to become the last NBA team to reach double digits in wins this season.
The Hornets (23-21) jumped out to a quick 16-4 lead as the Nets missed 11 of their first 12 shots from the field and looked as though they might run away with it after extending the lead to 17 late in the first quarter.