Last night's loss to the Miami Heat may not have mathematically eliminated the Charlotte Hornets from the playoffs, but it all but sealed their fate. Tonight, they accepted their fate, as the Hornets were blown out by the Toronto Raptors 92 to 74.
The Hornets were without Lance Stephenson due to an injured toe, while Al Jefferson, Cody Zeller, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist remained inactive, while Toronto was without Kyle Lowry and Amir Johnson.
After the first quarter, the Hornets had scored only 15 points. At halftime, they had 31. After three quarters, they had just 45. The Hornets will always struggle to score, but tonight their will looked broken, and they played like a team with nothing to play for. Scoring picked up in the fourth thanks to Brian Roberts, who, it could be argued, had plenty to play for after losing his spot in the rotation to Mo Williams. Roberts finished with 10 points on 4-7 shooting, and played with a ton of energy in the fourth quarter.
Kemba Walker scored 15 points on 5-13 shooting, and looked a step slower. Mo Williams finished with 10 points off the bench, but was unable to make shots with any consistency until the fourth quarter. No other starter scored in double figures, with Gerald Henderson coming closest with nine.
Toronto was led by DeMar Derozan, who finished with 16 points and six assists. Lou Williams scored 16 points off the bench, while Tyler Hansbrough finished with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hornets have the day off tomorrow, before taking on the Atlanta Hawks on the road this Friday.