The Charlotte Hornets were entering tonight's "Home" match-up at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, coming off a tough outing on Wednesday in Philadelphia, where they lost to the 76ers by a 106-92 margin, looking for a spark to ignite in their second preseason game of the year, and for the second game in a row, Gary Neal would deliver another strong performance off the bench for Charlotte, as the Hornets got into the preseason win column with a 99-86 win over the Washington Wizards this evening in Greenville.
Charlotte would lead early, and never gave up the lead after starting out with a 12-2 lead in the first four minutes of the contest, and they had a large lead of 23, which was a good spot to see for the Hornets, who are 1-1 on the preseason slate.
Neal would finish the night with 19 points as he was rewarded with a start in the Hornets lineup for Steve Clifford's squad tonight, and his supporting cast did got in on the act as well, including Jannero Pargo, who added 15 points off the bench in his 17 minutes of action, and not to be outdone for the victorious Hornets were P.J. Hairston and Kemba Walker, who each had 13 points, and Al Jefferson picked up where he left off last season, with a double-double, 12 points and 10 rebounds. Charlotte shot 42.7% from the field, and their three-point percentage came to 46.4%.
Leading the way for the Washington Wizards in the loss was Xavier Silas, who scored 14 off the bench. The Hornets next game on the preseason side of the schedule will come on Monday night at "The Hive", Time Warner Cable Arena, where they'll take on the Orlando Magic at 7:00 p.m.
NOTES: Lance Stephenson was not in the lineup for Charlotte for tonight's game in Greenville...The game marked the Hornets first game in Greenville since 2000, and they also played a preseason game there in 1999, when it was known as the BI-LO Center.