Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward combined for 51 points to lead the Charlotte Hornets’ 119-97 rout of the visiting Washington Wizards on Sunday afternoon.
Rozier finished with 26 points, four assists and three rebounds and Hayward totaled 25 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals as Charlotte bounced back emphatically after consecutive losses to the Sixers and Jazz at home earlier in the week.
Bradley Beal returned to form scoring a game-high 31 points and collecting six rebounds a game after his dismal seven-point outing on Friday against the Miami Heat when he shot 1-for-14 from the field. Beal, who didn’t make his first shot against Miami until the third quarter, hit his first shot in the opening minute and went 11-for-22 from the field and 3-for-9 from 3-point range.
The Hornets countered with six players scoring in double figures even without Devonte Graham, who sat out with a groin injury.
Charlotte used a 23-5 run to take a 21-point lead with 3:01 left in the second quarter and eventually led by as many as 29 points in the second half. The Hornets scored 102 points over the first three quarters.
LaMelo Ball keyed the early offensive surge as he finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Cody Zeller totaled 16 points and seven rebounds and Miles Bridges finished with 14 rebounds and 11 points as each helped the Hornets outrebound the Wizards 68-59 and outscore them 48-38 in the paint and 19-7 in second-chance points.
Malik Monk had 11 points and seven rebounds. P.J. Washington returned to the lineup after missing two games with a foot strain, and had five rebounds, four assists and three points in 28-plus minutes.
Russell Westbrook just missed a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, Robin Lopez finished with 14 points and five rebounds and Raul Neto scored 10 points for the Wizards.
Charlotte shot 42-for-99 (42.4 percent) from the field and 15-for-36 (41.7 percent) from three while the Wizards shot 34-for-90 (37.8 percent) from the field and struggled from long distance shooting 9-for-40 (22.5 percent).
–Field Level Media