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The Boston Celtics fall to 9-8 after getting defeated by the Charlotte Hornets, 117-112

The Boston Celtics fall to 9-8 after getting defeated by the Charlotte Hornets, 117-112

The Charlotte Hornets are coming fresh off of a 122-119 overtime loss that they suffered in the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers this past Saturday.  The only good side of that for the Hornets is the career-high and franchise-high 60 points that Kemba Walker put up, shooting sixty-two percent from the field.  The North Carolina team will look to avoid a third straight loss as they host the Boston Celtics, who are trying to steer away from a second straight loss.

This matchup between the Charlotte Hornets and the Boston Celtics will mark the first of four meetings between these two ball clubs.  They have battled each other a grand total of 106 times as the Hornets won 44 games while the Celtics took 62 games.  Each team will look to set the tone as they face off at the Spectrum Center.

INACTIVES:

Charlotte Hornets:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle; 8.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 48.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Bismack Biyombo (coach’s decision; 2.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 58.3 FG%)
Devonte’ Graham (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Frank Kaminsky (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Chealey (G-League)
J.P. Macura (G-League)
Boston Celtics:

Jabari Bird (personal)
Semi Ojeleye (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.0 APG, 47.6 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Brad Wanamaker (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Guerschon Yabusele (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 30.8 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
PJ Dozier (G-League)
Robert Williams (1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The game will be held extremely close in the first half as both teams shot above forty percent from the field.  The Boston Celtics would complete fifty-four percent of their shots while the Charlotte Hornets shot forty-three percent from the field.  Kemba Walker ended up dropping eighteen points in the first half which included three three-pointers.  He also had four assists while former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb had eleven points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He grabbed four rebounds while Cody Zeller had four boards.  Miles Bridges played nine minutes off of the bench as he had five points including a three-pointer late in the first quarter.

As for the visiting team, Kyrie Irving ended up putting up twelve points on a high sixty-percent shooting from the field.  He would also dish out eight assists while Jayson Tatum helped out with ten points, as well as a steal and a block.  Jaylen Brown had four points which would come from a free-throw and a three-pointer while Al Horford contributed with four points as well.  Gordon Hayward, who has accepted a bench role after struggling as a starter, played the most minutes out of all the reserves in the first half but was kept to just two points as the Celtics had a 56-54 lead heading into the locker room.

The home team would respond with a 63 to 56 run in the second half as Walker went off for 25 more points which held four three-pointers in the fourth quarter.  He shot sixty-two percent from the field in the second half while recording four rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  Former San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points.  On the other end of the floor, Irving collected fifteen more points but it wouldn’t matter as the Hornets survived with a 117 to 112 victory, handing the Celtics their second straight loss.  Kemba Walker finished the game with forty-three points, four rebounds, and five assists while Kyrie Irving had twenty-seven points, five rebounds and eleven assists.

So…what’s next?

The Charlotte Hornets will welcome Victor Oladipo (21.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.7 APG, 44.0 FG%, 34.5 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (10-6) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of three times that these teams will clash with each other.  As for the Boston Celtics, they will head back to Massachusetts to host Tim Hardaway (23.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 42.0 FG%, 36.4 3P%) and the struggling New York Knicks (4-13) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This matchup will be the second out of four times that these ball clubs will play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on October 20 as the Celtics escaped with a 103-101 victory.  During that game, Jayson Tatum scored 24 points while pulling down 14 rebounds.  Hardaway finished with 24 points, as well, along with three rebounds and three assists.

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The Bulls earn their third win of the season as they defeat the Hornets, 123-120

The Bulls earn their third win of the season as they defeat the Hornets, 123-120

Things have not gone well for the Chicago Bulls ever since Dwyane Wade left as they are sitting with a 2-10 record, hoping to avoid a sixth straight loss.  The Charlotte Hornets are also trying to prevent a sixth straight loss as they visited Chicago to take on the Bulls last night for the first time this season.  These two teams have met up a total of 114 times with the Bulls winning 74 games and the Hornets/Bobcats winning 40 of them.

INACTIVES:

Charlotte Hornets:

Michael Carter-Williams (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 12.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Treveon Graham (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 38.6 FG%, 29.4 3P%)
Johnny O’Bryant (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Marcus Paige (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Mangok Mathiang (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Julyan Stone (hamstring; 3.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Chicago Bulls:

Zach LaVine (ACL)
David Nwaba (ankle; 6.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Cameron Payne (foot)
Nikola Mirotic (face)

GAMETIME:

The Charlotte Hornets and the Chicago Bulls played well at the beginning as the Hornets shot fifty-one percent from the field and the Bulls shot forty-nine. Kemba Walker would get hot for 22 points which would include two three-pointers. He also had five rebounds and three assists to go along with it. Marvin Williams scored five points while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a three-pointer but they both had two defensive rebounds each. Jeremy Lamb played 13 minutes off of the bench as he recorded 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

As for the Bulls, both Lauri Markkanen and Justin Holiday scored 14 points each as Markkanen had five defensive rebounds and Holiday had three steals. Denzel Valentine would chalk up seven points, two rebounds, and three assists while Jerian Grant dropped two three-pointers. Kris Dunn played the most minutes off the bench to record six points as both teams went into halftime with a tied game, 60 apiece.

Walker would continue to impress as he dropped 25 more points in the second half on sixty-four percent shooting from the field.  Williams helped out as he scored eight points with two three-pointers in the third quarter. Dwight Howard had seven points to put with his six rebounds. Dwayne Bacon played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just two points.

As for the Bulls, Justin Holiday would score 13 points in the second half which would hold two three-pointers. Valentine would end up with 11 points as he collected three rebounds and three assists. Kris Dunn played 17 minutes off of the bench as he had 16 points. He also managed to get seven assists as the Chicago Bulls pull away with a 123-120 win over the Charlotte Hornets.  Justin Holiday finished with a season-high 27 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 block.  Kemba Walker ended up finishing with a season-high 47 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will head to Arizona to take on Devin Booker (23.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.3 APG) and the Phoenix Suns (6-11) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. for the first time this season.  These two teams have met up a total of 141 times with the Bulls winning 73 games and the Suns winning 68 of them.  The Charlotte Hornets will host Blake Griffin (23.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.7 APG) and the Los Angeles Clippers (5-9) tonight at 7:00 p.m. for the first time this season.  The Clippers and the Hornets have battled each other a total of 53 times with the Clippers winning 29 of the games while the Hornets won 24 of them.

Charlotte Hornets are eliminated from the Playoffs after a loss to the Boston Celtics

Charlotte Hornets are eliminated from the Playoffs after a loss to the Boston Celtics

The 36-42 Charlotte Hornets are hoping that things will turn around for the better as they struggle to make the Playoffs for a second consecutive season.  Tonight they will be going up against the 50-29 Boston Celtics are the fourth and final time this season.  The first time these two ball clubs have met up was on October 29 in North Carolina as Boston would take that game 104-98.  In that game, Avery Bradley would end with thirty-one points, eleven rebounds and four assists.  Kemba Walker finished with twenty-nine points, two rebounds and three assists.  In the second game, which took place on December 16 in Massachusetts, the home team would win that game, 96 to 88.  Isaiah Thomas would score twenty-six points, grab three rebounds and earn five assists.  Nicolas Batum would go to score twenty-two points, grab 10 rebounds and dish off five assists.  The last time the Celtics and Hornets met up was on January 16 in TD Garden, where the Celtics won 108 to 98.  Isaiah Thomas would earn thirty-five points, five rebounds and four assists.  Kemba Walker earned twenty-four points, four rebounds and two assists.  The 2-seed Boston Celtics would look to take the regular season, 4-0, against the 10-seed Charlotte Hornets.

In the first quarter, Isaiah Thomas would start off with eight points, including one 3-pointer.  Jae Crowder would also score seven points, as well as one 3-pointer.  Even though Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum would each earn seven points, it would be Boston who leads 32-28 at the end of the first.  The second quarter wouldn’t get easier for the home teams as both Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford would come out hot, each scoring eleven points.  Thomas would knock down three more 3-pointers as Horford goes 1 for 2 beyond the arc.  Kemba Walker would go to score seven points for his team but it would be the Celtics who end the second period with a huge 39-26 run.  With the Celtics holding on to a 71-54, the home team would go on a 32 to 21 run as Nicolas Batum goes off for eleven points which would contain one 3-pointer, as well.  Cody Zeller would help out as he goes to hit six points, along with Walker who scores six of his own.  On the other end, Kelly Olynyk would score six points to help Boston out but the Hornets would still come within seven points as the visiting team leads 92-86 at the end of the third.  The Boston Celtics would close it out in the fourth as Avery Bradley puts up eleven points, including three 3-pointers.  Nicolas Batum would collect eight for Charlotte but the Celtics would win, 121-114, eliminating the Charlotte Hornets from the Playoffs.  Isaiah Thomas would finish the game with thirty-two points, two rebounds and six assists.  Nicolas Batum would end up with thirty-one points, eight rebounds and three assists.