The Charlotte Hornets opened their regular season on Wednesday with a 123-122 victory over the Indiana Pacers. LaMelo Ball was the leading scorer for Charlotte with 31 points after knocking down 7 shots from 3-point territory, Charlotte went on a run of 24-0 in the third quarter to rally from a 74-59 halftime deficit. Terry Rozier is questionable for Friday with an ankle injury.
Cleveland opened its regular season with a disappointing 132-121 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Jarrett Allen was the leading scorer for the Cavaliers with 25 points. Cleveland's defense played poorly throughout allowing 73 points in the first half, giving up 41 points in the second quarter and 38 in the deciding fourth quarter. Dean Wade is questionable for Friday with an ankle injury while Dylan Windler is out indefinitely with a knee injury
Offensive explosion lifts Hornet in OpenerThe Charlotte Hornets scored 123 points in their opening night victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Charlotte shot below average overall at 43.0% but from long range the Hornets hit 41.9% of their shots beyond the three-point arc. Charlotte took good care of the ball on opening night committing only eight turnovers, while the Hornets defense forced Indiana into committing 17 turnovers.
Charlotte was led in scoring by LaMelo Ball with 31 points but Gordon Hayward was close behind with 27 points and four other players scored in double figures for the Hornets. Charlotte was outrebounded by Indiana 51-46. The leading rebounder for Charlotte was Mason Plumlee with 10, while Ball pulled down 9. Ball is leading Charlotte in assists with seven.
Cavaliers need to make more stops on defenseCleveland lost its opening game to Memphis after allowing the Grizzlies to score 132 points. The Cavaliers gave up 73 first-half points and when defense was needed in the fourth quarter Cleveland failed when allowing 38 points in the final stanza. Cleveland gave up too many second looks to Memphis as the Cavaliers were outrebounded on the offensive glass by the Grizzlies 13-7 and overall 53-36.
Jarrett Allen is the leading scorer for Cleveland after one game with 25 points. Collin Sexton and Evan Mobley have each scored 17 points. Lauri Markkanen and Mobley each have nine rebounds to lead the Cavaliers, while the leader in assists is Ricky Rubio with 10 despite playing only 25 minutes in the season opener. Cleveland is shooting 50.5% overall and 36.8% from long distance.
- Charlotte is 1-7 ATS in the last eight on the road