Saturday, November 15, 2014
Hornets Extra: Hornets 103, Suns 95
In the first few road games this season for the Charlotte Hornets, their main concern was finishing up at the end, and in last night's game at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, the Hornets did just that, as they came from behind and defeated the Suns 103-95 to notch their first road win of the 2014-15 campaign, while improving to 4-5 overall, while the Suns brief 2-game losing streak came to a halt, as they fall to 5-4.
"We finished it in the end. We had chances in New York, obviously we're ahead in L.A. at the half, ahead with seven minutes left in Portland, but tonight we did a good job of finishing up at the end." said Hornets head coach Steve Clifford.
Leading the way for the Hornets in last night's win was Kemba Walker, who was nothing short of remarkable in the win for Charlotte, as he scored 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field, while Gary Neal and Al Jefferson each added in 14 to the cause. Lance Stephenson again reached double figures for Charlotte with 13 points, and the biggest surprise in the win for the Hornets was Bismack Biyombo coming out of Nowhere to notch his first double-double since November 1, 2013 against Cleveland, scoring 11 points to go with 10 rebounds off the bench for the Hornets. As a team, Charlotte finished the night shooting 42.9% from the field, despite Phoenix's 43% in the field goal percentage department, but the Hornets did out-rebound the Suns by a 45-46 margin, and out-shot the Suns from three-point range(43.8%).
Phoenix was led in the loss by Eric Bledsoe with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting to go along with his 11 rebounds.
The Hornets hope to break even on their 4-game West Coast road trip in the finale tonight in Oakland as they square off against Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena for a 10:30 p.m. start, before Charlotte returns home to Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday to face Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off at "The Hive".