Cody Zeller got the Charlotte Hornets off to a fast start on Saturday night, and his teammates would help finish the deal en route to a 104-86 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Zeller posted a career-high 21 points, including an eye-popping 14 in the first quarter, keying Charlotte's rout of the floundering Nuggets.
"I got a lot of easy ones off of transition," said Zeller, via USA Today and the Associated Press. "We wanted to come out early, because they haven't won recently, and not give them any hope."
The Hornets have won 10 of their last 13 games to put themselves in playoff position, and have held opponents to under 100 points in 12 of those contests.
"The defense has really picked up in the last month and that's why we're winning," Zeller said. "Al's (Jefferson) playing well right now, a lot of guys have stepped up with Kemba (Walker) out. Hopefully we can keep this going."
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