Reaction: Hornets Fall To Portland, Lose Half-Game In Playoff Race
The Charlotte Hornets are running out of time, and schedule, if they want to make the playoffs after falling to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday at Spectrum Center, 118-108.
Sunday's anticlimactic loss continued a trend in which the team has surrendered at least 30 first-quarter points, in nine straight games.
The Hornets, one of the NBA's strongest home teams at one point this season, has dropped four straight at home dating back to February 3.
"We have to be better in the first quarter on both ends, not just defensively," said coach James Borrego."We just have to keep digging through it, keep looking at it and keep addressing it."
Kemba Walker had 18 points and a season-high 12 assists, marking his sixth double-double of the season.
Following a big performance on Friday, Hornets backup center, Frank Kaminsky, finished with 15 points on 7-12 shooting...
Hornets forward Marvin Williams reacts to questions about his team's propensity for slow starts and the chances that the Hornets will make the playoffs...
Jeremy Lamb scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half, a career high for points in a half.
Nic Batum finished with just eight points (2-7), in a loss to his former team, the Portland Trail Blazers.