Charlotte improved its record to 5-5 after surviving a fourth-quarter rally from the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. The Hornets held on for a 106-94 win at Time Warner Cable Arena.
After falling in its first three contests, Charlotte has won five out of its last seven games, including three out of its last four.
The Hornets cracked the top-15 in this week's Power Rankings roundup for the first time this season.
Charlotte's matchups this week: New York Knicks (Nov. 17), Brooklyn (Nov. 18), Philadelphia (Nov. 20). Combined record: 6-25.
NBA.com - No. 13
- Charlotte moved up six spots on NBA.com power rankings poll from No. 19 last week. Lance Stephenson gets a mention this week, as the committee pointed out that Nicolas Batum has topped Stephenson's highest scoring game last season (20 points) in each of his last three games.
CBS Sports - No. 15
- The Hornets’ three-point shooting is mentioned by the folks at CBS Sports, as last season's bottom dwelling stats have seemingly been reversed. Charlotte is currently shooting 39 percent from the three-point line, ranked No. 10 in the NBA.
ESPN - No. 19
- Charlotte jumped two spots from No. 21 last week. ESPN took notice of the recently extended Jeremy Lamb and his success in Hornets wins. The first-year Hornets is averaging 16.2 points per game in wins, compared to 9.8 points losses.
Sports Illustrated - No. 20
- SI.com ranked the Hornets lowest for the second-straight week but moved the team up two spots from No. 22. The committee at Sports Illustrated also mentioned Batum's recent success and the team's turnover rate, ranked the lowest in the NBA.