Hornets dominate Pelicans, 104-75, to advance
After starting off the NBA Summer League with three losses in three games, the Charlotte Hornets are on a roll.
The Hornets defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 104-75, in the second round of the Summer League tournament on Thursday.
The victory by Charlotte follows up a 82-81 first-round victory against the Dallas Mavericks behind Roberto Nelson's 3-point buzzer beater.
"Yesterday, we started off strong," said Hornets Associate Head Coach Patrick Ewing. "All of the other games we started off in the first quarter we didn't come to play. The last two games, we came to play in the first quarter. Tonight, we was able to keep our foot on the pedal and runaway with the game unlike last night where we were up by 20, they came back and we had to hit a buzzer beater to win. The guys played with a lot more patience today than they did the other day."
The Hornets dominated the low post all game Thursday, outrebounding the Pelicans 38-26 during the contest.
Cody Zeller performed well in his second game back for the squad, scoring 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
"Cody had an outstanding game for us both on the offense and the defensive end," Ewing said. "He knows our schemes so he's pretty poised with that."
P.J. Hairston led the squad with 21 points, shooting 50 percent from the field (50 percent) and 44 percent from 3-point territory (4-for-9).
Josh Davis added 14 points and 12 boards off the bench.
No. 9 overall pick Noah Vonleh had somewhat of a quite game Thursday, scoring six points and grabbed five rebounds.
"Von did a pretty good job," Ewing said. "He still has a lot more to learn. He needs to slow down a little bit in the post. I keep telling him when he gets the ball inside, don't try to go up and throw the little soft shots. Just go up there and try to dunk it. At least if you don't get the shot, you might get a foul."
The Hornets face the winner of the New York Knicks and D-League Select team on Saturday in the quarterfinals.