Joe Harris made the tiebreaking layup with 3.4 seconds left in the second overtime and finished with a season-high 27 points as the host Nets beat the Charlotte Hornets, 134-132, on Wednesday night.
The teams swapped mistakes over the final stretches of regulation and overtime, and Malik Monk made the biggest when he lost his dribble while the Hornets were trying to get a shot. Harris picked up the ball near midcourt and drove in for a layup. The Hornets got two chances to tie it again — because of a clock malfunction, time was put back on the clock — but Monk was well off on a final attempt.
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Off the bench, Spencer Dinwiddie had 37 points and 11 assists for the Nets, who won for the ninth time in 10 games.
Kemba Walker scored 35 points for the Hornets, but the Nets turned to a zone defense and whatever else they could do to force the ball out of his hands as much as possible late in the game. His fellow University of Connecticut alumnus Jeremy Lamb added 31 points in the opener of a home-and-home series.
Dinwiddie opened the second overtime with a 4-point play, and the Nets went up by 6 after a basket by Harris. Monk made a 3-pointer and Walker converted a 3-point play to tie it, and it went to the final seconds tied at 132 after baskets by Dinwiddie and Marvin Williams.
Walker engineered a personal 12-2 run that had the Hornets ahead by 8 with just over 3 minutes remaining in regulation, but the Nets changed up their defenses to contain him from there.
Harris tied it first at 107, and then at 110, with 3-pointers. Walker then got into the zone and kicked it out to Williams in the corner for his 3, but the Nets tied it again when Lamb fouled Dinwiddie on a 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds to play.
Walker was fouled while dribbling and made one, then fouled DeMarre Carroll more than 70 feet from the basket as he rushed up the floor. Carroll made the first free throw and missed the second, but the Hornets were called for a lane violation, giving him another attempt. He missed that as well and the game went to overtime, where neither team led by more than 2.
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