Monday Coach Stephen Silas coached his last game this season as interim coach. And it might have been his best.
Charlotte avenged an earlier season loss as they evened the season series with the Detroit Pistons win an impressive 118-107 win. The win came in the 42nd game of the season, as Charlotte officially started the second half of the season run on a good note. Charlotte was down six at the half, but came out strong to start the third with a quick 7-2 run. Charlotte went on a 7-0 run at the end of the third/beginning of the fourth to really break the game open. Charlotte dominated the paint as they scored 66 points inside, 40 in the second half alone.
It was a great team effort, as all five starters scored in double figures. Kemba Walker was his brilliant self, scoring 20 points on 50% shooting to go along with 9 assists. Dwight Howard totally dominated his match-up with Pistons center Andre Drummond, with 21 points and 17 rebounds to Drummond’s 3 points and 10 rebounds. Marvin Williams was key, particularly as the team came out strong for the second half. Williams finished with 21 points, going 5-6 from three point land.
Free throws continue to be an issue for this team, as the Hornets went 22-33 from the line. Those issues allowed the game to remain closer down the stretch than it otherwise would have been. Frank Kaminsky injured his right ankle in the second half. Hopefully he is ok.
The Hornets start the first of five straight home games Wednesday as they host the Washington Wizards in Steve Clifford’s return to the bench. Glad to have Coach Clifford back and thanks to Coach Silas on a job well done!