Charlotte Hornets made a strong push in the second half to defeat the Golden State Warriors, 106-91. It is the 9th win of the season for James Borrego’s guys, while on the other side, the Warriors posted their 19th defeat.
“I thought we came with the right approach tonight,” Borrego said. “Especially on the defensive end, we were locked in there…I thought it was solid start tonight, solid performance, and a very professional performance by our group tonight.”
Fantastic Devonte Graham buried the reigning Western Conference champions, pouring 33 points tonight, and hitting 10 three-pointers in 16 tries. It was an unbelievable performance from the sophomore point guard. Besides that, he had 9 assists and 7 boards. Truly, he was the main figure of this event.
Career-high TEN threes for Devonte' Graham tonight 🔥
33 PTS (10-16 3s)
9 ASTS pic.twitter.com/KYlztv2sXH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 5, 2019
“He’s a confident kid. He knows he’s got the green light. We want him shooting the ball. Obviously it’s opening a lot for us as he shoots it. Love his mentality right now,” Hornets’ coach told about Graham.
Three-pointers were the difference tonight, with the Hornets making 21 of them in 48 attempts, for 43.8%. On the other side, Warriors made 9 in 23 shots behind the arc. Also, the hosts limited Golden State to just 36 boards. Overall, Charlotte wasn’t better in any other category than these two, but in the end, it is what brought them a victory.
The home team had a lead throughout the entire game, and only once in the early part of the third, the Warriors managed to be ahead. It was following D’Angelo Russell’s three, which lifted the guests to 65-63.
However, even though the Hornets controlled the result and had a constant edge, Steve Kerr’s guys didn’t surrender all the way up until the final period. Since the midway of the third and the first two minutes of the fourth, Charlotte made a 23-6 run, which eventually decided the winner of this contest. The gap became too big for Golden State to do anything, and hosts routinely brought this match to an end.
The guests from California had only three players with a double-digit number of points. Russell had a team-high of 18 buckets, Eric Paschall added 16 with 6 boards, and Alec Burks had 15, missing just one of his seven shots from the field.
This was their fourth straight defeat, and since they’ve hit the road, after beating Chicago at home, Kerr’s team accumulated -61 point-difference in these losses. Right now, they aren’t looking good at all, and there are some rumors that, in fact, they might be tanking the season in order to reach the No.1 pick for the upcoming NBA Draft.
For the Hornets, Terry Rozier scored 25 with 7 assists and 6 rebounds, and Miles Bridges added 10. Borrego also emphasized the productivity and the impact of Rozeier’s performance tonight.
“I want to give Terry a lot of credit, I thought Terry had one of his best performances of the season,” he said. “A very professional performance, I thought he moved the ball pretty well, shot with confidence, much more decisive.”
Charlotte (9-14) has a nice chance to create a winning streak as they play their next three games at home. They first meet the Brooklyn Nets, after that Atlanta Hawks and in the end the Washington Wizards, all the teams who aren’t that confident on the road.
As for the Warriors (4-19), they conclude the road-trip against the team whom they defeated the last, Chicago Bulls. The game takes place on Friday.
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