Charlotte Hornets End Preseason Slump With First Victory Against Minnesota
The Charlotte Hornets ended their preseason slump with their first victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves after starting 0-3.
The Charlotte Hornets put an end to their losing when they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves at home. It was the team’s first win of the preseason after starting 0-3 in exhibition games this year. This was also the Hornets first preseason game in the Spectrum Center after playing in Greensboro and on the road against the Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Celtics.
Marvin Williams and Nicolas Batum returned to Charlotte’s starting line-up after sitting out the team’s last game against Boston to get some rest. Cody Zeller and Perry Ellis continued to sit out as they are still recovering from injuries. Aaron Harrison, Mike Tobey, Christian Wood, Andrew Andrews, Rasheed Sulaimon, and Treveon Graham did not get playing time in this one because of a coach’s decision.
Kemba Walker was off of his minutes restriction that limited him to nine minutes in the last two games. Instead, Steve Clifford said that he would play near 24 minutes tonight. He played in 23 minutes and recorded 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists.
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The Hornets were led by Frank Kaminsky who scored a team-high 17 points to go along with four rebounds. Jeremy Lamb also had an impressive outing with 16 points on 7-10 shooting and three rebounds. Ramon Session scored in double-digits with 10 points and recorded three rebounds and four assists.
Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams each had bounce back performances in this one. Nic Batum had his usual all-around game with 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Marv only shot 1-7 from the field but made 9-9 free throws to finish with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Zach LaVine led Minnesota with 30 points but Charlotte was able to overcome his offensive output in this one. Shabazz Muhammad was the only other player in double-digits fro the T-Wolves with 12 points. Andrew Wiggins and Nemanja Bjelica each added nine points.
Highlight of the Night:
Layups look cool in slo-mo 😎 https://t.co/UkxCld6GPM
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) October 11, 2016
Tweet of the Night:
— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) October 11, 2016
The third quarter was when Charlotte made their run and took a lead into the fourth that would eventually help give the team their first exhibition win this year.
- The Charlotte Hornets out rebounded the Timberwolves 51-50.
- 98 points is the most the Hornets have scored this preseason.
- Marco Belinelli played 29 minutes but didn’t register a point.
- Charlotte shot (37-85) 43.5% from the field and (12-36) 33.3% from the three-point line.
- The Hornets had six players score in double-digits.
After losing their opening three games to the likes of the Dallas Mavericks and two games against the Boston Celtics, the Hornets got a win over Minnesota in their first preseason game against the T-Wolves. They will play the Timberwolves on October 21st in their final preseason match. They are a developing, young, and athletic team which is a perfect match-up for Charlotte.
The Charlotte Hornets will next play against the Chicago Bulls in the preseason on October 17th. That game will take place in Chicago at the United Center in an away game for the Hornets. The two teams will face off three times during the regular season this year.