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Rozier’s Well timed Shot-Making Caps Off Hornets’ House Win

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Hornets Highlights vs. 76ers – 11/23/22

Richards Posts One other Double-Double Off Bench, Charlotte Defeats Philadelphia

As at present constructed, the Charlotte Hornets are going to be at their greatest after they’re getting stops, creating turnovers after which turning these additional possessions into fast-break alternatives. Being at their ‘greatest’ for a lot of the fourth quarter on Friday evening propelled the squad to a much-needed 107-101 residence win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Regardless of going scoreless within the first quarter, Terry Rozier nonetheless led the victors with 22 factors on 9-of-18 capturing and 6 assists in over 40 minutes of motion. 9 of those factors got here within the fourth quarter on an ideal 4-of-4 clip, as Rozier performed all the body with out heading to the bench as soon as.

Trailing by eight on the eight-minute mark of the third, Charlotte ripped off a 22-10 run to take a 79-75 lead with 1 / 4 to go. One other 12-2 stretch halfway by way of the fourth pushed the Hornets forward by 9, however Philadelphia countered with an 11-4 span to make it a two-point sport with 1:55 remaining. Again-to-back big-time buckets from Rozier gave Charlotte some respiration room down the stretch and a late PJ Washington dunk wrapped up the victory.

“Terry was terrific in that stretch,” stated Hornets Head Coach Steve Clifford after the win. “Theo [Maledon] performed very well. He did numerous good issues. Nick Richards, with out his play within the first half, we’d’ve been down eight, 10 factors at halftime. He actually form of saved us.”

Added Rozier, “We simply made numerous toughness performs down the stretch and bought the win. My confidence by no means leaves me. I am at all times a man to go residence, look myself within the mirror and if I made errors, I am at all times going to be on myself. My coaches and my teammates, they do an incredible job of believing in me. Whenever you see that, it makes you need to go on the market and play at your greatest. I am simply comfortable we bought the win.”

Richards tallied 13 factors and 13 rebounds in 21 minutes, turning into simply the third participant in franchise historical past to double-double in three consecutive video games off the bench. Mason Plumlee (11 factors and 13 rebounds) additionally double-doubled, Washington completed with 19 factors and Maledon chipped in 4 factors, three assists, two key steals and a plus-11 plus-minus score filling in for the injured Dennis Smith Jr. (left ankle sprain) within the second half.

Within the fourth, the Hornets pressured six Philadelphia turnovers, scored 24 of their 28 factors within the paint on 80% capturing and received the rebounding battle by two. Any win is an efficient win within the NBA, however sealing the deal in clutch time – one thing Charlotte did not do in every of its previous two outings – does really feel additional satisfying. Stated Plumlee, “In some methods, it is extra rewarding to execute down the stretch and have one thing that wasn’t a runaway. I am actually proud of our group and the way we completed.”

Shake Milton (22) and De’Anthony Melton (20) each had 20-point showings for the 76ers, who have been with out their three main scorers in Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey. Tobias Harris had 19 factors and former-Hornet Montrezl Harrell scored a season-high 16 factors.

This Hornets’ victory snapped a five-game residence shedding streak, in addition to an eight-game drought within the head-to-head collection at Spectrum Middle in opposition to the 76ers. Charlotte had dropped 16 in a row to Philadelphia from Jan. 13, 2017 – Dec. 8, 2021, however has since received two of three conferences.

Developing subsequent for the Hornets will probably be one other residence sport in opposition to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, Nov. 25 starting at 5 PM ET. Comply with together with all of the motion on Bally Sports activities Southeast and WFNZ FM 92.7.

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