The Hornets evened their season at 13-13 after defeating the NY Knicks 119-107 in the Garden. Charlotte opened the game on a 6-2 run led by Cody Zeller and would never look back or trail in the contest.
“It was a great overall team win,” Hornets Head Coach James Borrego said after the game. “From start to finish multiple guys contributed. I think everyone we put out there had an impact on the game.”
You have to look no further than to box score to see just how everyone contributed in the game. Every Hornet player who touched the floor put points on the board. Kemba Walker finished with a game high 25 points and Jeremy Lamb added 19, but it was the impressive play of Charlotte’s bench that prevented the team from falling victim to giving up another substantial first half lead.
“Our starter starters got off to a decent start. Our bench picked it up and got us going - extending the lead”
Another key to Sunday night’s victory was strong defense. The Knicks racked up 17 turnovers that Charlotte was able to covert into 27 points - mainly off of fast break transition opportunities.
“The urgency that we played with was huge for us,” Cody Zeller who finished the night with 12 points and 7 rebounds said after the game. I think it was probably the most complete that we’ve had. We got a lot of contributions from different guys. We defended. We executed the stuff we went over this morning and we’ll have to continue to do that going forward.”
The Hornets return to the Hive Wednesday to take on the Pistons in the first of a 5-home game stretch.