Coming into last night’s road match-up in Brooklyn against the Nets, the Charlotte Hornets had one simple focus in mind, and that focus was to carry on the momentum from Wednesday’s come-from-behind win over Philadelphia at home, and once again, they used a strong second half to come away with a 99-95 win over the Nets at Barclays Center. With that win, the Hornets are now 4-1 for the first time since the 2000-01 season, and for only the third time in the history of Charlotte NBA basketball(since 1988-89), and starting 3-0 on the road for the first time since that 2000-01 season.
Like the game on Wednesday, Kemba Walker would be the difference maker for Charlotte, as he would pour in a season-high 30 points to carry the load for the Hornets, and he was pleased with his performance and doing his part to get the win on the road. “We’re just building off of last year. They buy into what we want to do out here, and we just try our best to play hard as possible to win.” Walker said.
Nic Batum would score 18 points to go with 9 rebounds and 2 assists, while Spencer Hawes would have a season-high 13 points to along with 5 rebounds off the bench for the Hornets. Not to be out done was Cody Zeller, who chipped in 10 points with six rebounds and six assists, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would have a team-high 10 rebounds in the win for Charlotte to go with his six point performance on the night.
Despite being on the losing end of the scoreboard, the Brooklyn Nets were led in scoring by Sean Kilpatrick and his 19-point outing, while former Clemson Tiger Trevor Booker would have a double-double in the effort for the Nets, scoring 12 points to go with 13 rebounds.
The Hornets will return to action this Monday night to open up a three-game homestand at the Spectrum Center as they welcome in the Indiana Pacers for a 7:00 p.m. start.