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Hornets 22-point third-quarter lead down to 13 with 5:40 left.

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Hairston is now 3-of-3 from 3-point range. Kemba looking for him.

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Shot clock....(been a while)

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Hornets have a 22-point lead with just under 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.

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Marvin Williams hits a 3. He's 2-of-9 from 3-point range in the preseason.

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Hornets are 8-of-16 tonight from 3-point range.

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Wizards' Bradley Beal will miss second half with a sprained left wrist.

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Marvin Williams 0-of-4, 0-of-2 from 3-point range.

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As Diaw and Vukevic demonstrated last season, Big Al has more trouble with the beefy guys than the leapers.

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DuJuan Blair taking it to Big Al in the post right now.

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Second airball for Big Al on baseline jumper.

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Glen Rice Jr., fouls Jannero Pargo from the 3-point line. Bad, bad judgment on that one.

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Teeny-tiny backcourt right now with Brian Roberts and Jannero Pargo.

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Jannero Pargo about to make his first preseason appearance.

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Cody Zeller does a stretch-four thing, hits a 20-footer.

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Neal also had 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal that quarter.

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Hornets led 28-17 end of first. Gary Neal has 13 points and has made three of four 3-pointers.

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Hornets hold Wizards to 17 points and 5-of-20 shooting 1st quarter. Sounds like Clifford made his point Thursday about caring about defense.

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Neal has 11 points in 10 minutes.

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Hairston's second foul.

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Back-to-back 3s from P.J.

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Then the rook answers with a 3 from Kemba.

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Paul Pierce immediately draws a shooting foul off P.J. Hairston. Welcome to the show, rook.

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Al Jefferson took a 10-foot baseline jumper. Unfortunately it traveled 12 feet.

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Neal with eight of the Hornets' first 14 points.

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Gary Neal with a 3-pointer and a feed of Al Jefferson early. He's clearly having the best Hornets preseason so far.

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Update on Hornets guard Lance Stephenson's toe injury: blogs.charlotte.com/inside_the_nba…

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Steve Clifford said Stephenson will hopefully be back for Sunday's practice. He has a deep cut on a small toe.

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Lance Stephenson has a cut on his small toe that will keep him out of tonight's exhibition against the Wizards.

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I hear Lance Stephenson is out tonight with some sort of toe issue.

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Headed to Greenville for Hornets-Wizards. Quite curious how Hornets will perform defensively after how bad they were in Philly Wednesday.

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Improved 3-point shooting was a Hornets imperative: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/09/523…

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You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life!!

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Who could have imagined this? A lopsided Thursday Night game.

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Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley, from Tarboro, suspended indefinitely by Georgia for alleged NCAA rules violations.

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Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh (sports hernia) played 1-on-1 yesterday and today. If no setbacks he could start 5-on-5 next week.

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Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh now cleared to cut in one-on-one drills. Promising sign in his return from a sports hernia.

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Final thought: Vonleh couldn't play and Hairston hardly impressed, yet I suspect that won't be a bad draft for the Hornets.

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Email from homeowners association: Pesticide spraying tomorrow. If this was Twitter, it'd be fun to reply "So, um, no lawn licking tmw?"

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ICYMI: You can't take for granted exceptional chemistry of last season carries over from Bobcats to Hornets: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/04/522…

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My Sunday story on chemistry is kinda what happened tonight: You can't assume shuffling everything only changes your flaws.

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Tonight will work in the Hornets' favor: A reminder they're far from talented enough to take defense for granted.

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Final: Sixers 106, Hornets 92

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Noel puts up a lot of shots, many of them dubious.

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Gary Neal is 5-of-8 from the field for Hornets-high 14 points. Steve Clifford said he had the best training camp in Asheville.

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Gary Neal takes a charge on JaKarr Sampson. He is 23 pounds lighter.

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Casper Ware three-quarters court heave for a 3 at the quarter. Entering fourth quarter, Sixers lead Hornets 84-68.

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Kemba Walker draws a T late in third quarter.

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A little "Born Ready" heat-up last couple possessions.

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Hey, look at it this way: I've yet to tweet "shot clock" in the Hornets era.

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Hornets starters a combined 12-of-39 from the field.

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Sixers center Henry Sims playing like he's ticked Bobcats didn't bring him to training camp a year ago.

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Clemson's K.J. McDaniels is 1-of-6 from the field for the Sixers.

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Sixers shooting 47.7 percent from the field.

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This is the first half of the first exhibition, but Steve Clifford can't be happy with the defense against a team of poor shooters.

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The other day Al Jefferson said 3 times he needs the preseason to get sharp. His 1-of-7 this half is living proof.

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P.J. Hairston threw a bounce pass to Biz in the lane. Good pass, but Biz still isn't reliable to catch and finish.

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Nice pick-and-roll action with Zeller and Roberts. Brian Roberts a solid shooter off the dribble.

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End of first: Hornets 24, Sixers 21. Sure sign it's the preseason: Teams shot a combined 11-of-31 at the foul line.

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Some guy named Brandon Davies just torched Biz on a shot fake and post move.

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Stephenson got clobbered on a drive, heard no whistle. He's none too pleased with non-call.

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I wouldn't pay too much attention to Hairston entering game before Neal. Clifford said he'd mix-and-match in 1st few exhibitions.

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P.J. Hairston coming in with about five minutes left in first quarter.

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Zeller in for Williams, who missed his first two shots.

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MKG pull-up...swish (no, really).

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Last season MKG was only non-point guard allowed to push the ball up-court. Obviously that has changed.

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Stephenson said biggest difference between Pacers and Hornets is ball is in his hands lot more. If he goes end-to-end like that, why not?

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Lance Stephenson end-to-end for a layup. Sixers call timeout 48 seconds in. Poor @Bob Cooney

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No Michael Carter-Williams for Sixers (shoulder)

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The very best to @SteveByrnes12. You'll beat this thing.

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Bismack Biyombo taking a lot of elbow jumpers in practice this preseason. Not bad form. We'll see...

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Hornets shooting shirts are white with new logo on the back. Purple pants. Nice look.

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The Sixers' reasoning on playing Nerlens Noel at power forward: Joel Embid will eventually be the center, so he might as well learn now.

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Philly....potentially worst team in the NBA...first preseason exhibition = about 30 fans in building 20 minutes before tip-off.

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Steve Clifford on MKG's jump shot: “He potentially has changed his future in this league with the work he did with Mark" Price.

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Sixers are asking Nerlens Noel to play power forward, rather than center. It will be a challenge for him to guard those pick-and-pop guys.

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Hornets coach Steve Clifford said the starters will play about 25 minutes each tonight. Jefferson, Walker, Williams, Stephenson and MKG

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BTW, the four Wizards suspended today for leaving the bench during a fight will serve that 1st regular-season game, not vs. Hornets Friday.

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Per Lansing State Journal, Hornets forward Jeff Taylor's pre-trial hearing was adjourned until Oct. 29.

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Shout out to @DICKS for big donation of 400plus shoes for kids in the DRC.. #exited #God #respect http://t.co/OM4HrivW5d

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Hornets' Gerald Henderson out 1-2 weeks after MRI confirms a hamstring strain: blogs.charlotte.com/inside_the_nba…

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Hornets guard Gerald Henderson out 1-2 weeks with a right hamstring strain following an MRI today.

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Ahmad Rashad hosting the Hornets' annual "My Hero Gala" black-tie fundraiser Oct. 25 at TWC Arena.

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Hornets forward Jeff Taylor is scheduled for a preliminary hearing tomorrow in Michigan on domestic assault and other charges.

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Puig not in Dodgers' lineup today? Hmmmmm.

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Per @Steve Kyler once the Magic was to cut Seth Curry, his D-League rights would revert to Erie.

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No television for Hornets at Philly tomorrow night. Will be on radio @wfnz and I'll be there covering.

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Gerald Henderson is getting a Magnetic Resonance Imaging on his hamstring. Noah Vonleh (sports hernia) obviously won't play in Philly.

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Steve Clifford says he's not yet determined 5th starter vs. Sixers regardless of Henderson's status.

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Hornets guard Gerald Henderson has a hamstring injury, might miss the exhibition in Philly Wednesday.

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Exceptional fielding by the pitcher to keep Dodgers in this game.

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Russell Wilson, play-extender.

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That is so Pete Carroll.

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That reminds me of tennis, where if a centimeter of the ball is on the line....all it needed was group clapping during replay.

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Wise words today from @David Aldridge: "The owners cannot credibly claim that they can't operate their teams anymore."