G Kemba Walker finished with 15 points and eight assists but shot 6-of-21.
F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams scored 17 each for the Hornets.
F Marvin Williams scored 17 for the Hornets Friday.
C Dwight Howard he led Charlotte with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
G Nicolas Batum was out for Friday’s game because of an ulnar nerve contusion suffered Wednesday, but the injury is not believed to be serious. Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said the team would take Batum’s absence day by day; he might even play Saturday against San Antonio. Batum missed the first 12 games this season because of an injury to the same elbow.