Hornets top Spurs 100-97 in first game since Ball’s injury
San Antonio Spurs' Keldon Johnson (3) attempts to steal the ball from Charlotte Hornets' Malik Monk during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 22, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO – Gordon Hayward scored 27 points, Terry Rozier added 24 and the Charlotte Hornets held on to beat the San Antonio Spurs 100-97 on Monday night in their first game since losing LaMelo Ball to injury. The Spurs tied the game at 93 with 1:45 remaining following a 3-pointer by White and a three-point play by DeRozan. The Hornets were fifth in the league in fast-break points at 15.1 per game but were held to five against the Spurs. Spurs: San Antonio point guard Dejounte Murray arrived wearing Becky Hammon’s Colorado State jersey complete with her surname and No.
Green notches triple-double, Warriors avenge loss to Hornets
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, celebrates with forward Draymond Green (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in San Francisco, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO – Do-everything Draymond Green vowed to make up for losing his cool and costing Golden State a win at Charlotte last weekend. Terry Rozier made an off-balance jumper from the left corner as time expired for a 102-100 win by the Hornets. The Warriors have won three straight after having consecutive victories seven different times previously without winning a third in a row. It's the first matchup between the opponents this season and Charlotte has won three straight over the Kings.
Kerr: Green 'crossed the line' in Warriors' loss to Hornets
“He crossed the line, that's the main thing,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about Green, who has a history of in-game outbursts. Green did not participate in the Warriors' videoconference call after the game. Kerr said Green was apologetic after the game, but he will speak to him in private more about the incident. Washington finished with 15 points to help the Hornets overcame a season-high 25 turnovers to beat the Warriors without Stephen Curry. For the Warriors, it was their second tough loss in two nights after falling the Orlando Magic 124-120.
Hayward finding success in more prominent role with Hornets
Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward, left, looks to pass against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Hayward took the road less traveled this offseason when he opted out of his contract with the high-profile Celtics and chose to come to Charlotte to take on a more prominent role and the opportunity to help build a young Hornets team into a playoff contender. When the Hornets need a basket in the fourth quarter, they often defer to Hayward. “It seems like yesterday that I was these guys — I was the young guy,” Hayward said with a laugh. Hayward said his sole focus is on helping the Hornets end a four-year playoff drought.
Derrick White, Dejounte Murray power Spurs over short-handed Hornets 122-110
(AP Photo/Nell Redmond)CHARLOTTE, N.C. – San Antonio star DeMar DeRozan was the defensive focus for the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night. Dejounte Murray had 26 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Spurs to a 122-110 victory over the short-handed Hornets. Derrick White scored 12 of his season-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, helping San Antonio to its fifth win in six games. “They had a lot of attention on him from jump — making it crowded for him,” White said of DeRozan. AdThe game was tied heading into the fourth quarter, but White scored 10 points in the first seven minutes to help the Spurs to a 108-99 lead.
LaMelo Ball becomes youngest NBA player with triple-double
Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) fouls Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)CHARLOTTE, N.C. – LaMelo Ball isn't wasting any time making an impact in the NBA. “I live my life and I know what I’m capable of, so stuff like doesn’t move me like that," Ball said. “I know that's supposed to happen.”Ball replaced Markelle Fultz as the youngest NBA player to record a triple-double by 177 days. He became only the fifth rookie in NBA history to record a triple-double and the first Hornets player to do it coming off the bench.
Back to work: NBA's non-Disney clubs start team workouts
The teams that didn't qualify for the restart of the NBA season at Walt Disney World could begin voluntary workouts Wednesday, Sept. 23, to start preparing for their next game whenever that is. Karl Anthony-Towns got to work in Minnesota and his old coach started to mold his new team in New York. After six months without one, it felt so good for some NBA teams to practice again that even Allen Iverson might've enjoyed it. “It gives us some sense of continuity, some sense of togetherness,” said Love, who didn’t want to miss the voluntary workouts. Coaches who didn't know what to expect were pleasantly surprised by the level of play they saw.
Spurs get Tim Duncan first win as acting head coach
San Antonio Spurs acting head coach Tim Duncan, left, talks to San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 3, 2020. He got his first victory as an acting head coach on Tuesday night. “It's night and day to be in the big boy chair,” said Duncan, who normally serves as an assistant coach. “I wouldn't be sitting here (as a head coach) if it wasn't for that guy,” Borrego said. The Hornets came back and Rozier cut the Spurs' lead to one with a driving layup with 42 seconds left.