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New Jersey Nets At New Orleans Hornets: Searching For A Winning Streak

(Sports Network) - New Jersey put the brakes on a 10-game road losing streak in Memphis last night. Now, the Nets hope to string together back-to-back triumphs as the visitor when they pay a visit to the Big Easy to face the New Orleans Hornets.

Brook Lopez scored 26 points and pulled down six rebounds on Tuesday in New Jersey's 101-94 victory over the Grizzlies from FedEx Forum.

Sasha Vujacic added 16 points off the bench for the Nets, who won away from the Prudential Center for the first time since Nov. 15 and improved to 3-12 away from north Jersey. Kris Humphries tallied 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Devin Harris donated 12 points and five assists for the victors.

"We scored the ball tonight and got contributions from everyone across the board," Nets head coach Avery Johnson said.

New Jersey will be aiming for a third consecutive win overall for the first time since winning four straight from Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2009.

The Hornets, meanwhile, are coming off a disappointing two-game stretch in the Midwest. After falling to Detroit on Sunday, New Orleans came up empty against the Pacers on Monday when Mike Dunleavy's tip-in at the buzzer gave Indiana a dramatic 94-93 win over the Hornets in a game that saw three lead changes in the last 16.1 seconds.

After a timeout, Dunleavy inbounded the ball and made a beeline to the basket, leaving his feet as Danny Granger let go of his jumper near the three-point arc. Granger's shot spun all the way around the rim and was on its way out when Dunleavy glided to meet it, tapping it with the finger tips on his left hand.

The ball paused on the rim and dropped in as the red light around the backboard came on, setting off a celebration where Dunleavy's teammates tackled him on the other side of the court.

Emeka Okafor had 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Hornets, who have lost five of their last seven overall and six straight as the visitor. David West scored 18 in the loss and Chris Paul had 15.

"Nothing is automatic in this league," said New Orleans' Jarrett Jack. "You just have to keep fighting through it."

The Hornets, who will finish a brief two-game homestand after Christmas against Atlanta, are a solid 11-3 in New Orleans this season. The Hornets have also taken six of their past eight against the Nets and won three straight at home in the series.

Next Game

New Jersey Nets
@ New Orleans Hornets

Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010, 8:00 PM EST
New Orleans Arena

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