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.
San Antonio Spurs' Murray and Hornets' Rozier poised for repeat of last matchup in Monday's game
click image Twitter / spursThe Spurs will face the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, March 22. Despite adding leading Rookie of the Year candidate LaMelo Ball to their roster, expectations were low for the Charlotte Hornets heading into the regular season.Ball’s gifted passing game, paired with inspired play from former Celtics Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward, has helped turn things around for a Hornets squad that has already reeled off wins against the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Buck and Golden State Warriors.When the Spurs and Hornets faced off in Charlotte back in February, Rozier went off for 33 points, while Dejounte Murray paced San Antonio with 26 points and 12 rebounds in route to a convincing 122-110 victory.Monday night’s contest at the AT&T Center kicks off a nine-game homestand for the Spurs that, outside of a two-game set with the Los Angeles Clippers, comes against sub-par competition.A surge at home could prove pivotal for the Spurs in what is sure to be another congested Western Conference playoff race.sacurrent.com
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.
Suns' Booker replaces Lakers' Davis in NBA All-Star Game
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives past Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)NEW YORK – Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker was selected Wednesday to replace injured Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the NBA All-Star Game. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver choose Booker to take Davis' spot a day after Booker was snubbed by the league's head coaches for a reserve spot in the March 7 game in Atlanta. “Devin Booker is the most disrespected player in our league!!! Booker and fellow All-Star Chris Paul have helped Phoenix to a 20-10 record, fourth-best in the NBA.
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.
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.
Jordan talks to Hornets about being uncomfortable, winning
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Michael Jordan helped build the Chicago Bulls into a winner as a player. Jordan took questions from players and spoke directly about the difference between what it takes to win in the regular season and the playoffs. Hornets center Cody Zeller said that was an important message for a young team to hear. Hornets guard Terry Rozier joked that after watching the Last Dance he probably would have got into a few fistfights with Jordan, too. One thing with being teammates with guys in this league is you have to learn who they are first.
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.