Brooklyn Nets' Thaddeus Young (30) drives between Charlotte Hornets' Marvin...

Brooklyn Nets' Thaddeus Young (30) drives between Charlotte Hornets' Marvin Williams (2) and Cody Zeller (40) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. The Hornets won 116-111. Credit: AP / Chuck Burton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Nets made enough defensive plays at the end of the game to have a chance at a second consecutive victory. The offense, despite a season-best output, was unable to capitalize.

Thaddeus Young had a season-high 27 points and Brook Lopez added 23, but the Hornets held off the Nets, 116-111, Wednesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. Jarrett Jack had 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Nets (2-10).

"We missed some easy buckets,'' Lopez said. "We had some good looks, and they just didn't go down.''

After getting to within four points late in the fourth quarter, the Nets had three possessions to get within two and could not. The Hornets missed two free throws, then turned it over twice.

Joe Johnson couldn't make a short jumper, and Young's putback also missed the mark. The next time down, Lopez missed a turnaround from the right elbow. The third time, Lopez was called for an illegal screen near midcourt.

By the time Johnson's three-pointer was wildly off the mark with 15 seconds remaining, the Nets were out of chances.

"It could be a little fatigue, but that's no excuses for the missed opportunities,'' Young said. "We had every chance to win that game. It just slipped by.''

The Hornets also may have been a bit tired, because they lost to the Knicks the night before at the Garden.

The Hornets have become one of the NBA's top three-point shooting teams, and they found open looks against the Nets, making 11 of 25 threes. Nicolas Batum led the way with 24 points and eight assists, and he made three three-pointers. Kemba Walker had 18 points and seven assists, and Al Jefferson had 18 points.

"They're good at spacing the court and letting Kemba and Batum just play,'' Young said. "They made good plays down the stretch. They ran exactly what they wanted.''

Charlotte's clear depth advantage was also a factor. The Hornets' reserves outscored the Nets' 42-24.

"The starters are playing well and the bench has to play better,'' Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. "You can't give guys 40 minutes a night, especially on back-to-backs. There are certain guys who have the physical makeup to do it and there are other guys who don't.''

The Nets grabbed a 13-3 lead and stayed in front for much of the first quarter. Johnson, who entered averaging only 11 points per game, hit his first four shots en route to 13 first-quarter points.

After the score was tied at 86 through three quarters, Charlotte scored 13 of the first 17 points in the fourth to take a 99-90 lead. Then Jack keyed a 10-1 run with three baskets and an assist to Lopez.

Young helped get the Nets back in it once more with a couple of buckets before the offense sputtered in the closing minutes. After an 0-7 start, the Nets have been better in the past five games, but don't have many wins to show for it. Young has been a bright spot, averaging 19.6 points in the past five games.

"It's just staying aggressive, playing off my teammates,'' Young said. "Just play off these guys, and just continue to work. That's going to be the biggest part, just continue to work and believe we can win every game.''

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