Hornets wrapup: Notes and observations from Saturday’s road game against Philadelphia
By Richard Walker
Notes and observations from Saturday’s 127-112 Charlotte Hornets road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
… Remarkably, the Hornets still hold a 58-52 all-time series advantage over the 76ers. But Philadelphia increased their winning streak over Charlotte to 12 straight games in Saturday’s win. The last time the Hornets beat the 76ers came on Nov. 2, 2016 when Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Nic Batum 20. The 12-game losing streak to the 76ers is fourth longest in Hornets’ history; Only the Dallas Mavericks (21 games), Miami Heat (20) and Chicago Bulls (17) have had longer streaks against Charlotte. “They’ve probably got our number right now,” Hornets guard Terry Rozier said. “I don’t know what to say other than we have to be better.”
… Terry Rozier had a bizarre boxscore line in Saturday’s loss. He scored 29 points on 10 of 14 overall shooting and five of seven 3-pointers but the Hornets were a minus-14 with Rozier on the floor.
… After talking about a lineup change following Friday’s home loss to Memphis, Hornets coach James Borrego stayed with the same starting lineup and used a nine-player rotation. “This is a small sample size,” Borrego said before the game. We’ve just got to stay the course, keep getting better and not overreact right now.”
… Devonte’ Graham’s shooting struggles continued as he missed eight of nine field goal tries, including four of five 3-pointers, before finishing with three points in 20 minutes. “I’ve got to find ways to get him better looks,” Borrego said of Graham’s shooting woes.
… P.J. Washington 21 1-2 minutes overall but only 7 1-2 minutes in the second half due to what Borrego called “a thumb issue.”
… Charlottean Seth Curry had an efficent 19-point, 25-minute performance for the 76ers. Curry converted seven of nine field goals, including three of five 3-pointers.
… Philadelphia started out quickly, scoring 39 points in the first quarter. “These guys are a handful for us,” Borrego said of Philadelphia. “So give them credit. The beauty is that we get another crack at them in two days.”
What’s next: Charlotte visits Philadelphia on Monday at 7 p.m.