The Charlotte Hornets were able to end a six-game losing streak with a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and have started this new decade 1-0.
What was neat about this game, was the fact that the Hornets began their previous six-game losing streak against the Cavaliers on the road, and ended it there against them.
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What started off as another slow performance, would turn into a neck-and-neck game between the two teams. For almost the entire game, the Hornets found themselves down by multiple possessions.
The Hornets have been known to start the second halves of game cold, but this game was different for fans. For the entire second half, the Hornets fought back until they took a five-point lead in the final minute.
In this win, many interesting things happened; for example, Coach James Borrego gave Dwayne Bacon a lot of Miles Bridges’ minutes early. Coach Borrego went to Bacon early in the first quarter after a couple of poor defensive possessions from Bridges.
Bacon got more minutes in this game than he’s gotten in recent games, and he finished with 15 points and 4 rebounds off the bench.
The leading scorer in this game was starting point-guard Terry Rozier, who finished the game with 30 points and 6 rebounds. In his two games against Cleveland so far this season, he’s averaged 32.5 points and 2.5 steals per game.
While Rozier had another great game, Devonte’ Graham managed to find his shot in the second half after not scoring in the first two quarters. Graham finished this game with 16 points and 11 rebounds, giving him his 11th double-double of the season.
While this game was won by a team effort, rookie PJ Washington should be mentioned as well. Washington finished this game with 14 points, five assists, and six rebounds; he was a nice factor in this win.
With this win, the Hornets move to 14-23 and now sit at the 9th spot in the Eastern Conference. The Hornets are currently 3.5 games away from being in playoff contention at the 8th spot. Charlotte will look to extend their winning streak on the road against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.