Kings Lose to Charlotte in Final Seconds 122-116

Charlotte Hornets guard Tony Rozier and the Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes can’t hold onto the loose ball during the second half in Charlotte on Mon Mar 15, 2021 (AP News photo)

Kings Lose to Charlotte in Final Seconds 122-116

By Barbara Mason

The Sacramento Kings are going nowhere fast. After losing last week to the Portland Trail Blazers 123-119, the Kings pulled off a win against the struggling Rockets 125-105. They fell short to the Atlanta Hawks Saturday 121-106. They still sit in 13th place and can’t seem to find anyway to make up any ground in the Western Conference.

The Kings had a dominating first quarter in that game but got smothered in the second quarter 39-18. They trailed 61-51 at halftime and were never able to recover. DeAaron Fox had 32 points in the game but it was not enough to dispose of the Hawks.

Tonight the Kings took on the (19-18) Hornets leading at halftime 67-61. The Hornets have become a quality team and currently are competing for a spot in the Eastern Conference. A win over them would be a good thing for the Kings. The Kings continue to have the worst defense in the league although the Hornets are only a 2.5 point favorite. The second half would tell the tale.

After three quarters the Kings continued to hold their lead although it had been cut to 5 points 96-91 after leading by double digits for most of the quarter. The King’s would try to hang onto this game in the fourth quarter.

With just under three minutes left in the game the Hornets tied the game at 110 apiece. This game was going right down to the wire. With a minute and a half the Hornets took the lead 112-111. The game was tied at 113 with 1:02 left in the game. The Hornets Terry Rozier would make a 26 foot three point jumper to give Charlotte a 116-113 lead.

The final was 122-116 in favor of Charlotte. It was a tough loss for Sacramento. They were unable to finish after leading for most of the game. Fox would finish with 29 points, Hield with 23 and Holmes, Barnes and Bagley 11 all with double digits.

The Kings will next take on the 12th place Wizards Wednesday night. They will be on the road for this game. Tipoff is at 4:00.

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Hawks just too much for Kings to handle 121-106

The Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (5) had seen enough scoring as the Atlanta Hawks Clint Capela (15) aims high to score on Sat Mar 13, 2021 in Atlanta (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings came into Saturday nights game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta feeling good. But after the game they felt a lot worse than before the game getting their feelings hurt by the Hawks 121-106. The Kings have lost eight of their last ten games.

Flashback  Thursday: The Kings came out of the All Star break on Thursday playing the Houston Rockets in which they beat 125-105. In the Rockets game, the Kings dominated most of the game. De’Aaron Fox led the the way with 30 points for the Kings. The Kings would be looking to continue the start to the second half against the Hawks in Atlanta at 4:30 PM PST.

Saturday night recap: In the first half, The Kings struggled mightily. However, you wouldn’t know if if you only watched the first quarter. The Kings out scored the Hawks 33-22 in the first quarter in what seemed to be solid offense and defense.

The second quarter, things went downhill for the Kings who only managed 18 points as the Hawks lit up the Kings defense by scoring 38. In the second half the Kings would need to make up a 61-51 deficit.

In the second half, the Kings weren’t able to recover. The Kings were outscored 37-30 in the third as all potential of a comeback appeared to be lost. In the fourth quarter, the Kings defense improved but not enough to make a comeback.

The Kings held the Hawks to 23 points in the fourth but were only able to score 25 points themselves. The Kings would lose the game 121-106. De’Aaron Fox led the way for the Kings as the games leading scorer at 32 points. Trae Young led the way for the Hawks with 28 points.

It was a disappointing showing for the Kings as they will look to get back on track in their next game.

Next up: The Kings will travel to Charlotte to take on the Hornets at 4 PM PST.

 

 

Kings Lose Heartbreaker In Final Seconds 127-126

The Sacramento Kings starting five left to right De’Aaron Fox (5), Buddy Hield (24), Harrison Barnes (40), Marvin Bagley III (35), and Richaun Holmes (22) couldn’t hold onto to beat the Charlotte Hornets on Sun Feb 28, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento (photo from @SacramentoKings)

By Barbara Mason

Sunday night the Sacramento Kings took on the Charlotte Hornets. Friday night the Kings snuck past Detroit in their first win in a very long time breaking a nine game losing streak. They are hoping to make a win tonight a more favorable streak, one that appears in the win column.

They are still without Tyrese Haliburton on the bench. That was just one of the glaring weak spots in Friday’s game scoring only seven points the entire game. They will need more help off the bench in tonight’s game against the Hornets as well as getting their long shot back on track.

Defense, another sore spot on this team has to find a way to get some stops. They couldn’t do it, leading the entire game the Kings lost it in the last 1.4 seconds 127-126 at Golden One Center in Sacramento.

The King’s led at the end of the first quarter 39-36 keeping pace with the Hornets. By the half, Sacramento managed to hang onto their lead 67-66. Four of their starters had shot double digits after two quarters.

Buddy Hield had 20 points for the half. After 28 minutes the bench had scored a miserable two points. More help was desperately needed from their bench players. The Hornets had 26 points off the bench leaning heavily on their bench players. The Charlotte bench saw 48 minutes of action with Malik Monk scoring 12 points.

The Kings extended their lead as the third quarter came to an end 96-88. The King held onto their lead through the fourth quarter. In the final 1.4 seconds left in the game the Hornets pulled out some Charlotte magic.

The Kings were leading 126-124. Charlotte’s Malik Monk made a driving layup to tie the game. He drew a foul and made the shot to win the game for the Hornets. It was a heart breaker for the King’s who just could not finish the game.

Sacramento got some great work from their starters, especially Buddy Hield with 30 points and Harrison Barnes with 28. Marvin Bagley had 24, De’Aaron Fox with 20 and Richaun Holmes finished with 13 points. Nemanja Bjelica had 11 points off the bench.

The Kings will take on the Lakers on Wednesday in a game that will challenge them to the max. It will have to be all hands on deck for this game. Tipoff is at 7:00 PM.

Warriors sprint past Hornets 130-121; Curry leads all scorers with 29

The Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo, center, is defended by Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry left, Kelly Oubre Jr  (in front of Biyombo), and Adrew Wiggins (behind Biyombo) on Fri Feb 26, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors met the Charlotte Hornets at Chase Center in San Francisco on Friday night. The Hornets beat the Warriors last Saturday night 102-100 in Charlotte. Draymond Green helped the Hornets when the referees hit him with a double technical.

The Hornets took advantage of Green’s mistake to steal a win. Green apologized to the team for his error. He played his best game of the year Friday night. He was determined to get the Warriors their first three-game winning streak of the season, and he led the team to a win 130-121.

Green had his first triple-double of the year and the 25th of his career. He knocked down 11 points, snared 12 rebounds, and had a career-high 19 assists. The Warriors are 24-1 when Green has a triple-double. 

The Warriors were without Stephen Curry, Kevon Looney, and James Wiseman last Saturday in Charlotte. There was no question that the Warriors were a different team. The Warriors played well on both ends of the court. The offense was clicking as they 38 assists on 48 made field goals. They shot 60.8% from the floor. The Warriors’ only negative was the 23 turnovers that led to 30 Charlotte points.

The Warriors won the first quarter 36-28. Kelly Oubre, Jr. put 15 points on the board. The Warriors had 13 assists on the first 14 buckets. Things did not go well to start the second quarter. The Warriors’ second unit was ice cold.

They put just three points on the board in the first seven minutes of the quarter. With five minutes left, Steph Curry and Draymond Green re-entered the game. Charlotte had gone on a 15-3 run to lead 43-39.

The Warriors stormed back with a 15-2 run to lead 54-45. Oubre and Curry kept scoring, and the Warriors finished the first half ahead 66-51. The Warriors scored 27 points in the last five minutes of the second quarter.

The Warriors continued to play well in the third quarter. They outscored the Hornets 37-33 to finish the quarter leading 103-84. The Warriors had a balanced attack as all five starters and two players off the bench were in double figures.

19 point leads with 12 minutes left in the game are difficult to overcome. The Hornets were hoping their three-point shooters would come through for them and that they could climb back into the game.

The second unit played well in the fourth quarter. Wiggins, Oubre, and Eric Paschall made buckets to keep the Warriors ahead 119-101. Charlotte did not quit. They started raining down threes and cut the deficit to ten 119-109. The Warriors didn’t help themselves as they continued to turn the ball over and give the Hornets life. The Warriors were able to hold on, and they won 130-121.

Game Notes and stats: With the win, the Warriors are 19-15 for the season. Charlotte is 15-17. 

 Curry tied the Warrior team record by making his first three-pointer. It was his 95th consecutive game with a three to tie his teammate Klay Thompson for the record.

Curry finished the night with 26 points, four rebounds, and nine assists. He was two for seven from downtown. Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Warriors with 27 points. He had six boards, three assists, and connected on three threes. Andrew Wiggins had 17, James Wiseman 16 points in 16 minutes of action, Kevon Looney and Damion Lee ten each. 

It was the Warriors’ 14th game with 30 or more assists. They shot 60.8% from the floor. They made 11 threes. On defense, they stole the ball ten times and blocked three Hornet shots. The defense forced 20 Hornet turnovers. 

The Hornets’ leading scorer was Malik Monk. Monk, coming off the bench, scored 25. He knocked down five three. Terry Rozier, who scored 36 last Saturday against the Warriors, had 24 on Friday night. He made three threes.

Rookie point guard LaMelo Ball had 22 points, seven boards, and six assists. He, too, made three threes. Gordon Hayward had 12, Miles Bridges ten, P.J Washington had a double-double with 15 points and ten rebounds. As a team, the Hornets knocked down 17 threes. 

The Warriors meet the Lakers in Los Angeles Sunday night at the Staples Center. The game starts at 5 pm. The team continues on the road to face the Portland Trail Blazers on March 3rd and the Phoenix Suns on March 4th. 

 

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings snap nine game losing streak defeat Pistons 110-107

The Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) struggles to get away from being fouled by the Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart, left as the Pistons Dennis Smith behind Barnes watches Fri Feb 26, 2021 at Little Cesar’s Arena in Detroit (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

Simply put, the Sacramento Kings are in trouble. Offensively they are struggling and their defense is atrocious. Their Head Coach Luke Walton is having meltdowns on the sidelines out of pure frustration.

Their rookie phenom Tyrese Haliburton is out with a calf injury and to top it all off, they have lost nine games in a row. The last time they won was February 7th a win over the Clippers 113-110. Since then it has been a goose egg. The Kings finally woke up at Little Cesar’s Arena in Detroit with a 110-107 victory to snap their nine game losing streak on Friday night.

The Kings took on the Detroit Pistons another struggling team. The Pistons have the second worst record in the NBA and the Kings are not far behind. Thursday night the Kings allowed 140 points against the NBA’s worst offense the New York Knicks.

Sacramento’s nine game losing streak ties their longest losing streak in 12 years. De’Aaron Fox had a very productive game shooting for 29 points and eight assists. Harrison Barnes had 22 points and Bagley had 19 points.

Very decent numbers but the team still managed to lose the game. Off the bench Tyrese Haliburton had 17 points. The Knicks had some firepower off the bench with Julius Randle who had 21 points. The Kings just could not handle the Knicks.

The Kings three point attempts were better in the Knick game, all fingers point to the defense which is still lacking. The question is can the Kings pull it together to beat the worst team in the Eastern Conference. Can they break this losing streak tonight.

At the half the Kings held a slim lead 55-52. The Kings were setting a nice pace in the first quarter and led 35-25 as time elapsed. They stumbled in the second quarter struggling to maintain that lead and didn’t get a whole lot of help off the bench in the absence of Haliburton. The possibility of losing a tenth game in a row loomed over their heads heading into the second half.

In the third quarter it was a close one with both teams trading the lead. In the final minutes of the third quarter the Pistons started to show up and led by the score of 80-75 after three quarters. Every one of the Sacramento starters had shot double digits but the bench had only contributed two points the entire game.

Midway through the fourth quarter the Kings had tied the game at 91. After trailing by as many as eight points Sacramento was fighting to end their losing streak and getting back to the business of winning.

With 7.4 left in the final quarter and a 110-107 Kings lead Sacramento was finally able to get back in the win column. De’Aaron Fox finished with 27 points and Harrison Barnes had 21. Bagley and Holmes each had 19 points while Buddy Hield had 14.

The King’s bench was a real disappointment with only ten points in the game to the Pistons 34 points off the bench. It wasn’t pretty and it was as close as they come but it was a win and it has been a long time coming.

Sunday night the Kings will take on the Charlotte Hornets in a game that will be anything but easy. If Sacramento can get Haliburton back on the bench and play with the confidence they gained in this win they just might be able to compete with Charlotte. Tipoff is at 7:00 PM PT.

 

Green’s blowup allows Hornets to steal a 102-100 win from Warriors

Photo credit: @SportingGreenSF

By Jerry Feitelberg

Hoping to get back in the win column against the host Charlotte Hornets, the Golden State Warriors saw the chance for a win go down the drain when Draymond Green could not control himself late in the game.

The Warriors led by two, 100-98, with 9.3 seconds left in the game. The Hornets forced a jump ball when they tied up Brad Wanamaker trying to make a drive to the hoop. The taller Hornets had the advantage as the ball went to Gordon Hayward. Green tied up Hayward and was expecting a whistle for another jump ball.

The referees blew the whistle. Not for the jump ball, but for a timeout called by Hornets coach James Borrego. Green went ballistic. The Warriors’ players and coaching staff tried to get him to stop yelling. He didn’t listen. He was whistled for two technical fouls, and also had to leave the game.

The Hornets’ Terry Rozier made both free throws to tie the game, and the Hornets had control of the ball. Rozier hit a jumper from the left corner just as the buzzer sounded to send the Warriors down to defeat, 102-100, at the Spectrum Center.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said, “Draymond can’t do that.” Green plays with a ton of passion, and he has a fierce desire to win. He cannot let his temper get the better of him, especially in a close game. 

The Warriors did not have the superstar Steph Curry in the lineup Saturday night. Curry did not feel well during warmups before the game. He was helped off the court. He tested negative for Covid-19.

Mychal Mulder started in place of Curry at guard for the Warriors. The Hornets won the first quarter, 24-15. The Warriors, as they have done a few times this season, started slowly. They picked up the second quarter’s pace as they outscored the Hornets 32-21 to finish the low-scoring first half leading 47-45.

Neither team played well in the third quarter. The Hornets were able to tie the Warriors at the end of the period 69-69. It would be a nail-biter the rest of the way. The Warriors led 100-95 with 53 seconds left. Rozier knocked down a three to make it 100-98. The Hornets, as described above, scored the last four points of the game to win 102-100.

Game Notes and Stats: With the loss, the Warriors are 16-15 for the year. The Hornets improved to 14-15.

Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Warriors’ attack. Oubre, who has improved his overall game in the last few weeks, had 25 points, six rebounds, was 9-for-19 from the floor, and connected on four threes. Andrew Wiggins had 19, Eric Paschall had 16, while Damion Lee and Brad Wanamaker each had 14. 

Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 35 points, and 20 came in the fourth quarter. Rozier was 8-for-11 from three-point range. P.J. Washington had 15, Gordon Hayward had 13, and Miles Bridges added 10. LaMelo Ball had seven points and seven assists.

Up Next: The Warriors travel to New York City, aka the Big Apple, to face the Knicks Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Warriors will be trying to avenge New York’s loss on January 21st at the Chase Center. The game will be starting at 4:30 pm PT.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Charlie O: Hornets force turnovers as Kings go down 110-102

Photo credit sacbee.com: The Charlotte Hornets Terry Rozier (3) drives towards the basket against the Sacramento Kings D’Aaron Fox as the Hornets defeat the Kings by eight points in Charlotte on Tuesday night.

On the Kings podcast with Charlie O

The Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night in Charlotte just simply got outplayed physically. In fact, that was one of the things that Kings head coach Luke Walton said. The Kings just physically got beaten up by the Hornets. It wasn’t in a bad way. It wasn’t like they played dirty.

The Hornets just went out and played a very physical game. They were determined. The biggest number that showed how physical Charlotte was that the Hornets outrebounded the Kings 53-31. When a team is outrebounded with 18 rebounds in a game, you’re not going to win.

Charlie O does the Kings podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kings fall to Hornets 110-102 in Charlotte

Photo credit: @SacramentoKings

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings have not been at full strength since the first game of this 2019 season. Tuesday would mark the first time since then the Kings would have all players available. The matchup was the Sacramento Kings visiting the Charlotte Hornets. For Kings fans, they hoped Tuesday would mark the beginning of the season they could have had started if fully healthy.

In the first quarter, the Kings offense sputtered out of the gate. Sloppy ball handling and missed shots allowed the Hornets to only be trailing 9-7 with 6:00 left in the quarter. The rest of the way, the offense continued to sputter.

It’s hard to fault the Kings who are playing with lineups they haven’t seen all year.

Unfortunately, the offense looked a little lost in the first quarter something the Kings would look to remedy in the second quarter. All in all, the Kings put up 21 points compared to the Hornets 26. Leading scorer for the Kings thus far was Harrison Barnes with 5 points while Marvin Williams put up 8 for the Hornets.

In the second quarter, the Kings perimeter shooting continued to struggle. The Kings shot a mediocre 33.3% in the first half from downtown. That being said, they were able to put up 47 in the half. The Hornets didn’t play exceptionally well either, who shot an identical 33.3% from three, were able to put up 53 in the half to lead the Kings 53-47 going into halftime. The leading scorers in the game were De’Aaron Fox for the Kings with 11 points and Hornet Marvin Williams with 10 points. The Kings offense didn’t look smooth, but it wasn’t all red flags. De’Aaron Fox, after missing the last 17 games, looked good in the opening half. Sure the offense didn’t flow the same way it has in recent games, but the Kings are well on their way to getting the rhythm back.

In the second half, the Kings started to hit their three-point shots. The Kings shot much better from downtown making five threes and it makes a difference in the score. The Kings were able to put up 32 in the third out scoring the Hornets who added 27. In his return, De’Aaron Fox continued to lead the Kings putting up 15 points through three quarters. The Kings would try and do something they haven’t done all year on the road; win trailing after three quarters. The Kings went into the fourth trailing 80-79.

In the fourth quarter, the Kings faltered early. Hornets guard Malik Monk started hitting shots after struggling early and the Kings were in a 101-90 hole with 4:25 remaining. From there, the Kings weren’t able to muster anything against the Hornets. The Kings didn’t attack the basket with enough urgency as the Hornets were in foul trouble and that led to a disappointing defeat. The Kings dropped the first game of the road trip by a final of 110-102 in a game dominated by the Hornets in the fourth quarter. The Hornets ended up out scoring the Kings 30-23 in the fourth. The positive for Kings fans from this game was the return of a healthy De’Aaron Fox. Fox led the Kings with 19 points.

Up Next: The Kings travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers on Friday at 4 PM PST.

Warriors lose to Hornets 106-91 in Charlotte

Photo credit: @warriors

By Ana Kieu

The Golden State Warriors looked to snap a 3-game losing skid on Wednesday at the Spectrum Center against the Charlotte Hornets. Did it happen? Nope!

The Warriors’ starting five featured D’Angelo Russell, Glenn Robinson III, Eric Paschall, Draymond Green and Willie Cauley-Stein. Russell returned to the Warriors lineup after missing nine games with a sprained right thumb.

The Warriors had their game faces on to start the game, but soon enough, they found themselves in a 28-20 deficit at the end of the first quarter and never picked themselves up off of the ground. Though, Kevon Looney went straight to the rack with 21.4 seconds left in the first.

The Warriors flew down the floor, like, say, when D’Angelo Russell rose up and threw down a one-handed dunk in traffic with 3:51 left in the second quarter. The Warriors trailed the Hornets 58-54 at the halftime break. The Warriors’ four-point deficit made it look like a comeback was probable, but they were unable to rebound in the second half.

The Warriors’ ball movement was pretty in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. Marquese Chriss’ swish was the perfect way to describe prettiness in the third quarter. Also, De’Angelo Russell had 13 points in five minutes to close things out.

But the Warriors’ physical poetry in motion wasn’t enough. The Hornets outscored them 28 and 20, respectively. The Hornets won 106-91.

With the win, the Hornets improved to 9-14. With the loss, the Warriors fell to 4-19.

D’Angelo Russell led the Warriors with 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Eric Paschall had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Alec Burks had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Willie Cauley-Stein had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal. Glenn Robinson III had 8 points and 2 rebounds. Ky Bowman had 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Kevon Looney had 7 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Draymond Green had 5 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Omari Spellman had 5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block. Marquese Chriss had 2 points and 4 rebounds. Jordan Poole added 1 assist.

The Warriors face the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on Friday, December 6 at 5 pm PST.

Short-handed Warriors come close, lose to Hornets 93-87

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By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors, depleted by injuries, faced the Charlotte Hornets with only nine players Saturday night at the Chase Center. The Warriors were without the services of Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell. Green was out due to a sprained index finger on his left hand, and he will not be available on Monday. Russell suffered a sprained ankle, and he may play on Monday. Head coach Steve Kerr’s starting lineup bore no resemblance to the Warrior team of the past five years. All five starters are in their first year with the Warriors. Three of the starters, Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, and Ky Bowman, are rookies. Willie Cauley-Stein and Glenn Robinson III have experience in the NBA as they were with other teams last year.

The young Warriors won the first and second quarters to finish the first half leading 55-50. The offense was led by rookie Eric Paschall, Glenn Robinson, Ky Bowman, and Damion Lee. Paschall had 12, Robinson 11, Lee 10, and Bowman 9.  The Hornets were led by Dwayne Bacon with 15. Point guard Terry Rozier, acquired from Boston in the trade for Kemba Walker, had 10. Forward P.J.Washington and big Cody Zeller each knocked down 8.

The Warriors and Hornets went tooth and nail in the third quarter. The name of the game in the third quarter was defense, The Warriors held the Hornets to just 18 points total in the period. The bad news was that the Warriors were held to 16 points. The team went ice cold late in the third period and could not buy a bucket. They still led by three points 71-68. That would have been a perfect time to end the game, and the Warriors would have recorded the win. Unfortunately, for Golden State, they had to play 12 more minutes. The fourth quarter was also a nail-biter. The Hornets took the lead 72-71.  The Dubs bounced back and regained it 75-74. The Hornets took a five-point lead 80-75.

The Warriors managed to tie it when Glenn Robinson hit a three to make it 80-80. The Hornets made a three, and the Warriors countered with a three. The Hornets made another three. The Warriors answered with a three to tie the game at 86. The Dubs made a free throw to go on top 87-86. They didn’t know it at the time, but it would be the last time they would put points on the board. The Hornets then went ahead 88-87. Damion Lee turned the ball over to the Hornets when he was not able to inbound the basketball successfully. The ball went over to the Hornets. The Hornets missed on several free throws down the stretch, but the Warriors were not able to corral the rebounds. The Hornets’ Terry Rozier was fouled from behind. The referees awarded him two free throws and possession of the ball. The Hornets made all four free throws to win the game 93-87.

Game Notes: Even though the W’s lost for the fifth time in six games, all was not dismal. Eric Paschall, the rookie from Villanova, had a career night. He scored 25 points, had 4 rebounds, and two assists, and was the 41st player picked in the 2019 draft. In the six games in his young career, he has two games with 20 or more points. He looks to be the real deal, and the Warriors have to be pleased with his play. The other rookie that sparkled Saturday night was Ky Bowman. Bowman, a backup point guard, played his college ball at Boston College. He kicked in with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and made two three-pointers in six tries. Glenn Robinson was solid with 16 points, nine boards, and three assists. Robinson connected on four three in seven attempts. Damion Lee, coming off the bench, finished the night with 13. These were the bright spots in a losing effort.

Charlotte had five players in double figures. Dwayne Bacon had 25, Terry Rozier 20, Marvin Williams 11, P.J. Washington 11, and Cody Zeller 10.

The Warriors shot 44.2% from the floor. The Hornets outshot the Warriors 85-77.  They also outrebounded Golden State 48-40. The Warriors had five steals and five blocked shots on defense.

The Warriors held the Hornets to 43 points in the second half. Usually, that effort would get the team a win. The problem for Golden State was that they were held to just 32 points in the final 24 minutes of the game. The young players did not quit. They hustled and had a chance to win. The fans have to realize the fact that these players have only played together for six games. They also are missing Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney, D’Angelo Russell, and Klay Thompson. It may be a long season. Still, players such as Eric Paschall, Glenn Robinson, Ky Bowman, Jordan Poole, and Damion Lee will be players that may contribute to the Warrior success later in the season when the key players return to action. Let’s hope they continue to improve.

Up Next: The Warriors return to action Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Chase Center. The game will start at 7:30 pm.