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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Jamal Mashburn scored 31 points and P.J. Brown added 19 points and 12 rebounds in leading the Charlotte Hornets to a 103-88 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.

Baron Davis added 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Hornets beat the Nets for the third straight time this season and for the 14th time in 17 games.

Johnny Newman had 26 points and Keith Van Horn 25 for the injury-riddled Nets, who stayed close until late in the third quarter.

After Van Horn hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 66 with 4:31 left in the third quarter, Mashburn scored five points in a 12-6 spurt that gave Charlotte a 78-72 lead heading into the final quarter.

Derrick Coleman, returning to the Hornets' lineup for the first time after missing 20 games with a calf injury, ignited a 13-6 run at the start of the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer that came after he missed 3 of 4 free throws.

Eddie Robinson had a big dunk, Davis had a steal and two free throws and Brown had a tip-in and a short jumper in building a 91-78 lead with about six minutes to play.

Charlotte has won two in a row and 17 of its last 24 games.

Lucious Harris added 12 points and 11 rebounds for New Jersey. Evan Eschmeyer had 12 rebounds.

Notes: There was some controversy because Nets All Star guard Stephon Marbury did not attend the last two games after having surgery on his left pinkie. However, Dr. Charles Melone, the team's hand specialist, told him to stay home and keep his hand elevated. ... The Nets made Coleman the first choice overall in the 1990 NBA Draft. ... Robinson had 12 points in a reserve role for Charlotte. ... Brown is three rebounds shy of setting a single-season career high (671). ... Charlotte is now 19-3 when scoring more than 100 points.