Saturday, December 6, 2014
Hornets Extra: Hornets 103, Knicks 102
It was a tale of two teams that were desperately looking for a win last night before a sellout crowd of 19,102 at Time Warner Cable Arena, as the New York Knicks and the Charlotte Hornets were needing a win badly to end their losing streak, but leave it all to Kemba Walker to deliver in the critical stages of the game, as his game-winning layup would end the 10-game losing streak for the Hornets, as they came away with a 103-102 win to go to 5-15 on the year, while handing New York it's 8th straight loss and dropping them to 4-17.
"We needed the win. It's been three weeks since we won." said Hornets head coach Steve Clifford.
Walker was quite relieved to be the person that would take the last shot of the game, and to get Charlotte on hopefully the right track after suffering a long 10-game losing skid. "Hopefully we can build off this."
Gerald Henderson got the start last night, and he would shine in the game for Charlotte, as he finished things up with 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, while he was joined by Lance Stephenson and "Big Al" Jefferson, who each had 16 points, with Jefferson adding in 13 rebounds. Gary Neal was alright indeed as he did play, and finished things up with 13 on the night and rounding out the group of double-figure scorers for the Hornets was of course, the hero of the night, Kemba Walker with 11. Charlotte shot 47,7% from the field, and also dominated the rebounding game with a +7 margin(41-34).
New York was led in scoring by Carmelo Anthony, who was praising Kemba for the game-winner for Charlotte, despite his team being on the losing end of the scoreboard. "A loss is a loss and you never feel good about a loss. I don't think you can ask for more than that." Anthony said. "Kemba made a great play at the end and I tip my hat off to him." J.R. Smith chipped in 14 points off the bench for the Knicks and rounding out the trio of double-figure scorers was Tim Hardaway Jr. with 13 points.
The Hornets hope to get a winning streak going as they take on Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena.