Coming off a real dog fight Saturday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Charlotte Hornets traveled to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks. Unfortunately the Hornets, who were down early, weren't able to complete another comeback, and lost 93-96.
Having failed to score during a first half in the Hornets first two games, Lance Stephenson finally got on the scoreboard before the break with a nice drive.
The Hornets were down by 15 points early. However, a 20-7 run in the second quarter helped the Hornets make it a 50-52 deficit at halftime. The run was thanks to some organized offense, and sound defense, particularly by Al Jefferson, Gary Neal, and Lance Stephenson in particular, dishing out five assists in the first half.
After shooting 36 percent, and 40 percent in their first two games, the Hornets finally shot halfway decent from the floor, going 47 percent for the game.
In the first half, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who had been having an incredible game, went up for a rebound and then hit the ground hard. He was slow to get up but stayed in the game. After going back for x-rays, Kidd-Gilchrist did not return.
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The Hornets head south to take on the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night and then hop back on the plane for their first inter-division game against the Miami Heat Wednesday.