The Charlotte Hornets have won seven straight home games against the Atlanta Hawks, a streak they'll try to extend Sunday when the teams have their first meeting of the season. The Hornets are 1-2 on their current five-game homestand following a 111-104 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
Devonte' Graham continued his torrid stretch with 29 points and eight assists while fellow guard Terry Rozier chipped in 24 points but Charlotte hit a wall in the fourth quarter and fell to 5-7 at home. "That did us in," coach James Borrego told reporters of the 20-point fourth quarter. "We couldn't score and then we were turning it over. We were handing them points off our offense. So it was a combination." The Hawks snapped a 10-game losing streak with a lopsided win over Golden State earlier in the week before also falling to the Nets 130-118 on Wednesday. Atlanta has given up at least 120 points in 11 of its last 15 games and entered Saturday 28th in the league in scoring defense (117.8 points).
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ABOUT THE HAWKS (5-17): Wednesday's loss offered up more of the same for Atlanta, as guard Trae Young had another big game with 39 points and 10 assists but the squad just couldn't get enough stops. "We have to be into the ball a little bit more with pressure," coach Lloyd Pierce told reporters. "We have to pressure their passers. It's whoever is on the court has to do a little bit better with regards to their responsibility." Rookie Cam Reddish helped out Young with a season-high 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting.
ABOUT THE HORNETS (9-15): Graham is averaging 25.7 points and 10 assists through the first three games this month and is 16-for-27 from 3-point range over the last two contests. He also showed his toughness by coming back into Friday's game after being forced out with a shoulder issue. "It was bothering me a little bit at first," Graham told the media of his shoulder. "But I just had to stop thinking about it and just go out and hoop."
1. Hawks F DeAndre Hunter (finger) and G Allen Crabbe (knee) both missed the loss to the Nets and are day-to-day.
2. Rozier has 49 points on 18-of-34 shooting over the last two games.
3. Atlanta has lost 10 straight to Eastern Conference opponents.