The Wednesday night match-up started off rough for the Hornets as they were down 28-16 going into the second quarter. Boston started off blazing hot and stayed hot for the majority of the game shooting 44 percent from the 3-point line.
It was all hands on deck for Boston as it seemed as if every player on the court contributed quality minutes in some form of fashion. Kyrie Irving didn’t have the prettiest of shooting nights but still lead all Boston scorers with 21 points. Al Horford contributed a strong 20 points and rookie Jayson Tatum had 18 points of his own.
Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin proved to be a thorn to the Hornets bench. Rozier finished the night 15 points, while Larkin had 11. Both players were extremely active on the court, running down loose balls, pulling in offensive rebounds over Charlotte’s big men, and out hustling literally every Hornets player on the court.
They simply wanted the win more.
On the Hornets end of the court, the effort in the first half was lacking as usual. Charlotte trailed 60-44 at the end of 2nd quarter, but whatever happened in the locker room at halftime seemed to spark the team. Charlotte outscored Boston 31-16 in the third quarter to bring the game within 2 points, but that’s as close as it would come.
The story would remain the same — the Hornets, who filled us with such hope, would blow out that fire of hope in one final quarter. After such an amazing third quarter the Hornets would be outscored 26-16, and the Celtics would go on a 13-5 run to close the game out.
Same old, same old.
Hornets travel to face the Golden State Warriors on Friday.