The Rockets came out hot for a stretch grabbing a lead but that didn’t last long as the Hornets responded by going small midway through the 1st quarter and ended up tied by the end of the 1st quarter 26-26 despite only making 9 of their 21 attempts. Gordon Hayward ended the 1st quarter leading the team with eight points.
The 2nd quarter was a lot of back and forth the Hornets offense was clicking but that was lost in the way the defense was playing as Houston put up a good fight staying in this game. Hornets went into halftime with a 3-point lead 58-55. Terry Rozier came alive in the 2nd quarter going into the half leading all scorers with 16 points.
The 3rd quarter is where the game pretty much was decided as this was one of the worst performances for the Houston Rockets in a quarter this season as they just collectively decided to quit. Charlotte capitalized on the spiraling Rockets dismantling them on both ends. Terry Rozier had his way adding another 9 points to his scoring load. Devonte Graham and Malik Monk were also active and drove the nail in the coffin for Houston in this game.
The 4th quarter was just garbage time as both teams proceeded to empty their benches to close the game. In closing I don’t know if the Hornets were really good defensively this game or the Rockets were just not making shots. So I’ll say it was a bit of both which is encouraging for this Hornets team moving forward putting together back to back games holding teams under 100 points.
Terry Rozier led all scorers for Charlotte ending the game with 25 points on 9/14 shooting from the floor. PJ Washington was really aggressive in this game and made his presence felt down low grabbing 12 boards to go along with his 12 points he contributed. Gordon Hayward was quiet throughout this game, after the 1st quarter Hayward didn’t score at all for the rest of the game.
Another notable standout for Charlotte was Malik Monk off the bench with 19 points his energy and shooting in the 3rd quarter really put this game away for Charlotte. If he can continue to be consistent off the bench the Hornets are going to be competitive in most games as they try to keep climbing the standings in the playoff picture.
The Charlotte Hornets move back above .500 at 22-21 as they completely route the Houston Rockets capping off their road trip record at 2-3 going back to Charlotte for a couple home games starting Friday against The Miami Heat.