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                    === Williams lifts Nets over Hornets ===
 New  Orleans,  LA (Sports Network)  - Deron Williams  poured in a game-high 33
 points  and  dished out eight  assists to help the  Brooklyn Nets edge the New
 Orleans Hornets, 101-97, on Tuesday.
 Brook  Lopez added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and C.J. Watson
 dropped in 10 points for the Nets, who were without Joe Johnson (foot) for the
 third straight game.
 "As a team, we got off to a great start in that first half. We've had this
 problem all season where we've had a quarter or a half that was the complete
 opposite, and that's kind of what happened tonight," Williams said. "A lot of
 it was their defense. They really turned their defense up and seemed more
 focused in the second half. We need to figure out a way to not have those
 halves and quarters and be able to put teams away early."
 Greivis  Vasquez scored  20 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists
 and  Robin Lopez added 14 points and pulled down seven boards for the Hornets,
 who have dropped four of their last five games.
 "We just had so many mistakes tonight defensively in things that we know
 better. It just didn't work out the way we drew it up in our film sessions and
 on the floor," Hornets head coach Monty Williams said. "But I love the way our
 guys compete. Even when we get down, the guys just continue to compete and
 play until there's no more time on the clock. That is something I am really
 proud of."
 Rookie  forward  Anthony Davis  scored  six  points  before leaving  the  game
 in the third quarter with an apparent left shoulder injury.
 Brooklyn  shot  a blistering 66.7 percent  (14-for-21) in the first quarter to
 race  out to  a 31-20 lead. Williams  scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from
 the floor in the quarter.
 The  Nets stayed hot in the second, shooting 56.3 (9-for-16) percent to take a
 57-41 lead into the break.
 The  Hornets  made up some  ground in the third,  outscoring the Nets 24-16 in
 the frame.
 New  Orleans shaved the lead to four points several times and once got it down
 to three in the fourth quarter, but the Nets always seemed to have an answer.
 Vazquez's  layup with 4:01 left made it 86-82, but Brook Lopez scored the next
 four points to push the spread to 90-82 with 1:41 remaining.
 Robin  Lopez knocked  down a  pair  of free  throws eight  seconds later,  but
 Williams  countered  with a deep  3-pointer to make  it a nine-point game with
 just under 1 1/2 minutes remaining.
 After  trading  makes, Vasquez canned  a 3-ball to cut  the lead to 95-89 with
 46.7  seconds remaining  and Anderson  knocked down  another triple  with 19.3
 ticks showing to make it 95-92.
 Williams  made  a pair  of  free  throws  before  Anderson drilled  a  22-foot
 turnaround  jumper from the left corner. Anderson took an inbounds pass in the
 corner  and  quickly turned  and fired  away, but couldn't  get his right foot
 behind the line.
 Williams  buried another pair of free throws to make it a five-point game with
 15.3 seconds left, but Vasquez drained another 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left
 to give the Hornets a shred of hope.
 However,  Williams  sunk  yet  another  pair  of  free  throws  and  Vasquez's
 desperation heave at the buzzer was no good.
                                   Game Notes
 The  Nets  went 12-for-20  from behind  the arc (60  percent) ... Brooklyn had
 dropped  four  straight in New Orleans  ... Williams was 9-for-10 for the game
 from the free throw line ... Eric Gordon scored 10 points on 4-for-15 shooting
 for the Hornets.
 02/27 02:32:21 ET