Hornets, Nets jockey for position

(SportsNetwork.com) - Two teams battling for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference square off Wednesday at the Barclays Center when the Brooklyn Nets host the Charlotte Hornets.

After the Hornets prevailed Tuesday night, the Nets and Hornets are tied for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets have won two in a row and the victories have been impressive. They closed out an eight-game road trip with a 10-point triumph over the Dallas Mavericks, then returned home to knock off the Golden State Warriors on Monday.

Jarrett Jack hit the game-winning shot with just 1.1 seconds remaining to stun the Warriors, 110-108.

"It's all about being ready," said Jack. "I didn't have a huge game shooting the ball."

Golden State's Steph Curry scored 11 of his 26 points during a 12-2 run that knotted the score at 108-108 entering the final minute, but the MVP candidate's reverse layup attempt missed the mark and left his hand after the buzzer to send the Warriors to defeat.

Brook Lopez racked up 26 points and Deron Williams added 22 for Brooklyn, which went 10-of-21 from 3-point range and held Curry and fellow All-Star Klay Thompson in check for most of the night.

While Curry was able to overcome some early struggles, Thompson made just 3- of-17 field goal attempts and finished 1-of-9 from beyond the arc while mustering just seven points.

Alan Anderson finished with 16 points and Thaddeus Young scored 14 off the bench for Brooklyn

The Nets have won three consecutive home games, which is their longest streak of the season.

The Hornets have won two in a row and three of their last four. After a 2-2 road trip, Charlotte returned home and pulled out a difficult 104-103 victory Tuesday over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Al Jefferson had 21 points and 16 rebounds to pace the Hornets, while Mo Williams posted 20 points and 13 assists.

"When the game gets tight, people are going to double me. When you have a chance to kick it out to a knockdown shooter, it takes the pressure off me," Jefferson said of Williams.

Gerald Henderson added 21 points and five assists for the Hornets. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chipped in 12 and Cody Zeller was the fifth starter in double figures with 10.

After two Ed Davis free throws pulled the Lakers within 91-90 with 3:45 remaining, the Hornets went on a 7-1 spurt to put the game away. Williams capped the flurry with a 3-pointer to stake Charlotte to a 98-92 edge with 1:00 to go.

Jordan Clarkson's layup with nine seconds left clawed LA within 101-98, but Williams sunk 3-of-4 foul shots to seal the outcome.

Lance Stephenson did not play in the second half. It was a coach's decision.

The Nets beat the Hornets by 27 in Charlotte on Dec. 13. Charlotte has not beaten the Nets in four tries since the team moved to Brooklyn, and the road losing streak in this series stands at six games.