As Hornets announcer Eric Collins said tonight, this was a nice change of pace for the Charlotte Hornets.
The Charlotte Hornets held on at home and came away with a 109-91 victory over the New York Knicks. Charlotte got after this one early, jumping out to a six point lead, a lead they extended to 18 by the half. A good start was key as Charlotte has had to fight back the last few games to make things competitive. On a night where Kemba Walker struggled to score(only shooting 4-13 for 9 points), the rest of the team showed up in a big way. The bench, which has been much maligned in recent weeks, not only contributed but excelled this evening. Interim coach Silas shortened his rotation, playing only 9 players until the very end, which seemed to allow the players to get into a better rhythm. The pace also has increased, tonight that lead to 15 fast break points for the home team.
Frank Kaminsky was huge off the bench with 24 points on 10-13 shooting. Charlotte continued to win on the glass, out rebounding the Knicks by 10. Charlotte used the board advantage to score 18 second chance points, while holding the Knicks to 0 second chance points. Charlotte had more turnovers (19) than the Knicks (17), but scored more points off turnovers (21) than New York did (13). The shortened bench of Jeremy Lamb, Michael Carter-Williams, Johnny O’Bryant, and Kaminsky had a plus minus of plus 58. Charlotte has moved the ball a lot better over the last week. Tonight that ball movement for Charlotte lead to 30 assists.
Nothing to really complain about here. I know many Charlotte fans would like to see young players like Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon get more playing time, but that will come.
Number to Know: 5
Charlotte is 5-1 on Mondays on the year. Guess they look forward to Mondays more than most of us do.
The Hornets face a strong Raptors team Wednesday then face Milwaukee in a weird home and home on consecutive nights Friday and Saturday. Winning 2 out of 3 of those would be a great Christmas present for the city of Charlotte.