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Brooklyn Nets: Charlotte Hornets Spoil Hollis-Jefferson’s Return, Kilpatrick’s Big Night

Despite the Brooklyn Nets losing to the Charlotte Hornets, pretty solid positives from two youngsters became the story.

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The Brooklyn Nets lost tonight’s game.

So what? They always lose, there’s no story there.

Instead let’s talk about their impressive third quarter run, the return of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and another excellent performance from Sean Kilpatrick.

The home team shot 35.3 percent from the field in the first half, scoring a measly 36 points, with Kilpatrick and the dependable Brook Lopez combining for 24 of those points.

Lopez was incredible as usual tonight, leading the charge during Brooklyn’s 21-5 third quarter scoring run with nine points of his own. But as good as Lopez was tonight, this was about Kilpatrick and Hollis-Jefferson.

Kilpatrick torched the Hornets for a career high 25 points, his sixth straight game in the double-digits. Since joining the Nets he’s been on a tear, shooting over 50 percent from the field, from downtown, and over 90 percent from the free throw line.

Hollis-Jefferson looked like his usual self tonight, playing great defense and you could tell he was working on his jump shot during his 50 game absence due to an ankle injury.

Brooklyn’s home stand only gets harder as the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Barclays Center on Thursday, Mar. 24.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.