CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mitch Kupchak says the Charlotte Hornets plan to do everything they can to keep three-time All-Star Kemba Walker.
The Hornets first-year general manager knows that has...
NBA says Hornets, Bucks will play in Paris in 2020
PARIS (AP) — The NBA is going to play a regular-season game in Paris for the first time next year, with the league announcing Thursday that Charlotte and Milwaukee are headed there.
Walker leads Hornets past Wizards, 116-110
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets turned some well-timed rest into a much-needed win.
Kemba Walker scored 28 points and the Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 116-110 on Friday night...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nicolas Batum said the Hornets' game plan was to stop Portland's backcourt tandem of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
Walker, Batum lead Hornets over the Grizzlies 118-107
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have used a nice run to keep a grasp on one of the final Eastern Conference playoff spots.
Kemba Walker had 22 points and seven assists, Nicolas Batum scored 18 points, and the Hornets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 118-107 on Wednesday night for their fourth win in five games.
Walker leads Hornets to 120-88 rout over Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have owned the Orlando Magic the last three seasons and nobody is more responsible than Kemba Walker.
Walker missed his first five shots, didn't score until midway through the second period and finished with 26 points as Charlotte beat Orlando 120-88 on Friday night.
It was the Hornets' 12th straight win over the Magic.
Howard dominates inside as Hornets beat Hawks 129-117
ATLANTA (AP) — Dwight Howard insists he holds no grudges against the Atlanta Hawks and coach Mike Budenholzer.
They traded him to Charlotte after one forgettable season, but Howard, in his 14th season and with his third team in three years, believes it made him a better player.
"It motivated me to just come back this season with a different mindset," he said. "Play with more confidence and stuff like that, so thank you, Bud."
Howard shines as Hornets top Magic 104-102
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dwight Howard and the Charlotte Hornets needed a win heading into the All-Star break.
So it was perfect timing for a trip to Orlando.
Howard had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Hornets stopped a four-game slide by topping the lowly Magic 104-102 on Wednesday night.
Kemba Walker had 20 points for Charlotte on 6-for-19 shooting. Nicolas Batum added 14 points and seven assists in the Hornets' 10th straight win against the Magic.
Hornets rally from 21 down to beat Suns 115-110
PHOENIX (AP) — Credit the Charlotte Hornets' bench for the team's biggest comeback victory of the season.
The reserves ignited a 20-2 run to start the fourth quarter and Charlotte rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 115-110 on Sunday.
"They did an amazing job," the Hornets' Dwight Howard said. "MCW (Michael Carter-Williams), Treveon Graham, just that whole second unit, their defense was great, their offense was amazing and I think that's what won us the game."
Kemba Walker scores 29, hits big 3-pointers in Hornets win
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker likes the Charlotte Hornets' chances with Dwight Howard altering shots in the lane.
Walker scored 29 points and made two key 3-pointers down the stretch that helped Charlotte beat the Atlanta Hawks 121-110 on Friday night.
Howard was key in turning back the Hawks' rally. He finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds and a season-high seven blocks.
Howard, Walker help Hornets pull away and beat Kings 131-111
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dwight Howard lost control of the ball on his way in for an apparent dunk when he was fouled from behind by Zach Randolph. As Howard tried to regain his footing, the ball floated about 3 feet above the rim and then fell straight back down and through.
"I don't know how it went in," Howard said with a grin.
On a night when Charlotte set season highs in several offensive categories, Howard's play was symptomatic of just how good things were going for the struggling Hornets.
The Timberwolves felt, albeit briefly, the impact of being without one of their best players earlier this season when Jimmy Butler missed back-to-back games due to illness. Without Butler, they are 0-2; with him, they are 9-3.
Hornets G-F Nic Batum to miss 6-8 weeks with elbow injury
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets swingman Nicolas Batum will miss a minimum of six to eight weeks with a left elbow injury.
The team announced that an MRI on Thursday revealed the nine-year NBA veteran tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his non-dominant arm in the first quarter of Charlotte's preseason road contest against the Pistons on Wednesday.
The Hornets have not decided if Batum will need surgery or will attempt to rehab the injury.
Kaminsky stays hot, Hornets top Hawks 105-90
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets second-year forward Frank Kaminsky said his biggest problem on the court has been letting go of the past.
"I'm always thinking through stuff, and it's hard to get over things," Kaminsky said. "When you miss four of five shots early in the season, it's hard. I was getting down on myself."
Kemba Walker leads Hornets past Pacers, 100-88
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Just before the first-quarter buzzer sounded, Nicolas Batum heaved up a long shot. The 29-foot toss banked off the glass and fell through the net.
That was when the Charlotte Hornets knew things were going their way Monday.
Kemba Walker scored 28 points, Batum added 21, including that improbable 3-pointer, and the Hornets beat the Indiana Pacers 100-88.
Walker scores 27 as Hornets beat Nuggets, 112-102
DENVER (AP) — With Frank Kaminsky out, the Charlotte Hornets needed someone to step up at the end of a long road trip.
It ended up being a journeyman playing on his third 10-day contract of the season.
Johnny O'Bryant scored a career-high 15 points against his former team to supplement Kemba Walker's 27, and Charlotte beat the Denver Nuggets 112-102 on Saturday night.
Griffin scores 43, Clippers hold off Hornets 124-121 in OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Since returning from knee surgery last month, a healthy Blake Griffin has been on quite a tear.
His performance Sunday night was the most impressive yet.
Griffin scored a season-high 43 points and added 10 rebounds and five assists as the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Charlotte Hornets 124-121 in overtime.
"He's played like he's on a mission," teammate J.J. Redick said. "I don't know what that mission is, but he's been dominant. That's as good as I've seen him play."
Griffin, Rivers lead Clippers to 107-102 win over Hornets
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A strong bench made up for a shaky start for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Blake Griffin had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Austin Rivers scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and the Clippers beat the Charlotte Hornets 107-102 on Saturday night.
Griffin finished two assists shy of his second triple-double in his past three games. Jamal Crawford provided a spark off the bench, scoring 22 points while going 5 for 8 on 3-pointers.
Hornets end losing skid, top Brooklyn 111-107
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Someone's streak was going to continue Tuesday. The Charlotte Hornets were simply happy it wasn't them as they snapped a seven-game losing streak and held onto a 111-107 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
Charlotte (24-28) had not won since a Jan. 21 triumph over Brooklyn. The Nets (9-43) dropped their 10th straight, and still have not won since a Jan. 20 victory at New Orleans.
Batum scores 28 points, Hornets beat Thunder 123-112
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nicolas Batum says there is an art to drawing a foul on a 3-point shot.
"It's not easy," Batum said with a wide smile.
Batum twice drew whistles on 3-pointers en route to a season-high 28 points in the Charlotte Hornets' 123-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Batum was a regular at the foul line Wednesday night, converting 13 of 15 free throws. As a team, the Hornets made 40 of 49 foul shots to snap a two-game losing streak.
Third-quarter dominance leads Hornets past Heat, 91-82
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nicolas Batum isn't sure what has been happening in third quarters lately for his Charlotte Hornets, though he'd like to bottle it up for whenever it's needed.
"We're just really good," Batum said. "If we could start the game the same way we start the third quarter, we'd be a really, really good team."
Thanks to another dominating third quarter Thursday night, Charlotte beat the Miami Heat 91-82.
Walker, Batum lead Hornets to 120-101 win over Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nicolas Batum's teammates are well aware of how talented he is. Now, opponents are taking notice, too.
Batum could have had his second triple-double in a week Wednesday night, but the Charlotte Hornets didn't need him in the fourth quarter of a 120-101 rout against the Orlando Magic.
Charlotte won its fourth in five games as Batum had 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in just under 30 minutes.
Randy Foye’s 3 gives Nets 120-118 victory over Hornets
NEW YORK (AP) — Randy Foye might not even have been in the game if not for Jeremy Lin's injury.
The Brooklyn Nets were lucky he was.
Foye made a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer and give the Nets a 120-118 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.
The Nets overcame the loss of Lin and a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to stop a five-game losing streak. Foye played a little with Lin in the first half, then was on the floor the entire fourth quarter after the point guard exited.
Walker leads Hornets past hot-shooting Lakers, 117-113
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After watching the Los Angeles Lakers set a season high in points in a half, knock down 12 of 18 3-pointers and seize a 73-59 advantage at intermission, Hornets coach Steve Clifford was unusually calm at halftime.
"I was surprised because he wasn't mad, actually," Charlotte guard Nicolas Batum said. "He just told us to wake up."
George, Turner score 22 to lead Pacers over Hornets, 110-94
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George and Myles Turner were determined to end Indiana's recent woes against Charlotte.
George and Turner scored 22 points each to lead the Pacers to a 110-94 win over the Hornets on Monday night, snapping Indiana's four-game losing streak against Charlotte in the regular season.
Walker leads balanced effort as Hornets beat Mavs 109-101
DALLAS (AP) — Yet another Dallas injury opened the door for a Charlotte Hornets rally.
Kemba Walker scored 19 points, Nicolas Batum had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and the Hornets came back from an 11-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Mavericks 109-101 on Monday night.
Hornets top Knicks 107-102 to snap 4-game skid
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It felt like those old college days for Jeremy Lamb.
Starting in the same backcourt as Kemba Walker for the first time since Connecticut beat Butler in the 2011 NCAA championship game, Lamb turned in one of his best games since joining the NBA.
Walker scored 28 points, Lamb added 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and the Charlotte Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 107-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
Walker, Hornets snap 2-game skid with win over Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Charlotte coach Steve Clifford's fiery halftime speech got his team going in the right direction.
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau saved his hollering for after the game because his team is headed in the wrong one.
Kemba Walker scored 30 points and the Hornets blitzed the Timberwolves in the third quarter on their way to a 115-108 victory on Tuesday night.
Kemba Walker scores season-high 30, Hornets edge Nets 99-95
NEW YORK (AP) — Kemba Walker lost his backup and a few other key players from the best team he's played on in the NBA.
Instead of taking a step back, his Hornets are off to their best start in 16 years.
Walker scored a season-high 30 points and Charlotte improved to 4-1 for the first time since 2000 by beating the Brooklyn Nets 99-95 on Friday night.
"It's pretty early but I like the team that we can become," coach Steve Clifford said.
Batum breaks out, leads Hornets past 76ers 109-93
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nicolas Batum is learning that sometimes he needs to be a little more selfish on the court — for the good of his team.
The Hornets' $120 million man bounced back from a slow start to the season by scoring 17 of his 20 points in a pivotal third quarter to help Charlotte overcome a seven-point halftime deficit and defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-93 on Wednesday night