That might have been the biggest stretch of game for the Charlotte Hornets all season, and they came through. For awhile now the Hornets have been putting things together and playing a lot better. They still can't score worth a damn but they're getting some solid wins. However, a lot of those wins came against weak opponents. These last two games against the Wizards were a perfect test to see if the Hornets could pull off one or two victories against an upper tier Eastern Conference team. They pulled through.
Tonight's hero was Gerald Henderson. Not only did he do this
but he also finished the game with 27 points on 10-for-15 shooting. He was the x-factor the Hornets needed tonight.
And wow did the Hornets need that big night from Henderson, because nobody else on Charlotte did anything on the offensive end. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist only shot four times, and while he did finish with 11 points, MKG was mostly a non factor all night.
Lance Stephenson came off the bench again, and he is still struggling to find any real consistency this season. He had a few wacky passes that went out of bounds, but he had some solid plays here and there.
The big surprise was how much the Hornets were able to contain Al Jefferson. Big Al did not have a big night scoring, only dropping 8 points, and he shot a miserable 3-12 from the field. He did however grab 10 rebounds, and played some surprising defense at moments. He also had some clutch baskets in the fourth to give Charlotte the win.
As shocking as Jefferson's bad night was, it was even more shocking to see how well Jason Maxiell played. Ever since re-entering the rotation Maxiell has been solid, but tonight he had seven blocks, 8 rebounds, and 11 points. Don't sleep on the old man, because he apparently went through a time machine.
Tweet of the night
Hornets have won 12 of last 15 games. Not the most difficult stretch of opponents, but still. And some without Kemba. Pretty good.— Ben Swanson (@CardboardGerald) February 6, 2015