Devonte’ Graham tied the team record with ten made 3-pointers as part of a 33 point night and Terry Rozier scored 25 points as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Golden State Warriors comfortably, 106-91.
James Borrego declared with full confidence in pregame interviews that his team would start fast tonight. He wasn’t wrong. The Hornets scored the first seven points of the game. The Warriors would answer with seven straight of their own, but in all, the Hornets played the first quarter well. Terry Rozier started the game on fire, hitting his first four shots en route to a 12 point first quarter. Cody Zeller six points and four rebounds, with all of his points coming within a two minute span in the middle of the quarter. After one, the Hornets led 28-20.
Eric Paschall opened the second quarter with a three, but Devonte’ Graham and PJ Washington answered with 3-pointers of their own shortly after. Those buckets put the Hornets up by 11. That lead held mostly steady for most of the quarter, but it couldn’t withstand the reentry of the Warriors all stars. D’Angelo Russell and Draymond Green were subbed out of the game five minutes into the game. The didn’t come back in until just before the midway point of the second quarter. Russell went on a personal 8-0 run in 55 seconds to cut a nine point Hornets lead down to one. His hot shooting was matched by Graham, who scored 12 points in the quarter. At the half, the Hornets led by four.
The Warriors took their first lead of the game on another Russell 3-pointer, but it was short lived. The Hornets starting guard duo kept up their strong play with 14 combined points in the third quarter alone. Marquese Chriss aided the Hornets scoring efforts with goaltending violations on back to back possessions. The Hornets clamped down on the defensive end, holding the Warriors to just 22 points in the quarter. The Hornets led by ten heading into the fourth quarter.
The Hornets started the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run to blow the game open. Malik Monk missed the most aggressive tomahawk dunk attempt of all time, but he made up for it by scoring an and-1 layup on a fast break that somehow started off a jump ball on the other end of the court. The Hornets led by as many 19 points and actually cruised to victory for once. It allowed the fans to cheer for Devonte’ Graham to chase the team’s single game 3-point record. He tied it, but he couldn’t break it.
The Hornets starting back court will take all the headlines from this one. Graham and Rozier combined for 58 points, 16 assists, and 14 rebounds. Miles Bridges was the only other Hornet to crack double figures with ten points in just 19 minutes of play.
The Hornets will try to build off this when the Kyrie Irving-less Nets come to Charlotte on Friday.