Friday, March 6, 2020
The Charlotte Hornets are hoping to avoid a third straight loss as they host the Denver Nuggets at the Spectrum Center. They are coming fresh off of a 104-103 loss they took in the hands of the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. The Nuggets, on the other hand, are trying to recover from a 116-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors, hoping to avoid a second consecutive loss.
This matchup tonight will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on January 15 when the Nuggets handed the Hornets a 100-86 loss. During that game, Michael Porter scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, dished off one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while Terry Rozier had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, and one steal.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Hornets and the Nuggets have battled each other a grand total of 59 times in the past as the Nuggets won 30 games while the Hornets grabbed 29 victories.
-Bol Bol (foot)
-Noah Vonleh (ankle; 4.0 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 56.2 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Vlatko Cancar (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.2 APG, 40.0 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
-PJ Dozier (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Michael Porter (coach’s decision; 7.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Keita Bates-Diop (G-League; 6.6 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 42.8 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
-Troy Daniels (not with team; 4.2 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 39.2 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
-Devonte Graham (ankle; 17.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 7.5 APG, 37.4 FG%, 36.6 3P%)
-Nicolas Batum (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 34.6 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-Bismack Biyombo (coach’s decision; 7.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 53.9 FG%)
-Joe Chealey (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Malik Monk (suspension; 10.3 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.4 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Dwayne Bacon (G-League; 5.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 34.8 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Kobi Simmons (G-League)
-Ray Spalding (G-League)
The Denver Nuggets would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-five percent from the field while their defense held the Charlotte Hornets to forty-seven percent. Paul Millsap chalked up 11 points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter. He also had 3 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Maryland-native Will Barton helped out with nine points, five rebounds, and one assist. Barton’s nine points included a three-pointer in the first period. Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic combined for 13 points while Harris had three rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals. Jokic was able to record 5 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and one block while Jamal Murray had five points. Monte Morris played the most minutes off the bench as he had nine points.
On the other end of the court, P.J. Washington dropped 13 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process. Devonte Graham contributed with nine points while Miles Bridges had six points. They both had a three-pointer each while Terry Rozier gave six points. Cody Martin played 14 minutes off the bench but only had two points while the Nuggets went into halftime with a 60-51 lead.
The Hornets came out of the locker room and sparked up a 61-54 run in the second half, shooting fifty-one percent from the field. During that run, Graham scored 15 more points while knocking down two three-pointers. Rozier helped out with 13 points while Cody Zeller and P.J. Washington combined for 15 points.
As for the visiting team, Murray put up 13 points while Nikola Jokic gave eight points. Both Harris and Barton chalked up seven points each while Millsap was held scoreless in the six minutes that he played.
With thirty-one seconds remaining, the game would be tied at 112 apiece after a free-throw by Zeller. After Zeller missed the second of his two free-throws attempted, Will Barton grabbed the rebound, giving the Nuggets the possession. Before the shot clock expired, Jamal Murray knocked down a fadeaway jumper to give the Nuggets a 114-112 lead with six seconds remaining.
Out of a Hornets’ timeout, Terry Rozier attempted to win the game with a three-point jump shot but missed as the Denver Nuggets held on to defeat the Charlotte Hornets, 114-112. Jamal Murray finished the game with 18 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while Devonte Graham had 24 points, one rebound, seven assists, and one steal.
The Denver Nuggets will head to Ohio to take on Collin Sexton (20.5 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 46.7 FG%, 38.6 3P%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-45) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This will be the second and final time that they meet up this season. January 11 was the last time they fought each other as the Nuggets fell to the Cavaliers, 111-103. Sexton finished that game with 25 points, 3 rebounds, and one assist while Jamal Murray had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.
The Charlotte Hornets will host James Harden (34.9 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 7.4 APG, 43.9 FG%, 35.8 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (39-21) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season. The last time they saw each other was on February 4 when the Rockets defeated the Hornets, 125-110. During that game, Harden scored 40 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, gave out 12 assists, committed 3 steals, and blocked one shot while Miles Bridges had 20 points, 15 rebounds, one steal, and one block.