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NBA trends: Hornets have become playoff contenders

NBA trends: Hornets have become playoff contenders

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Hornets making playoff push

The Charlotte Hornets have emerged as one of the NBA's hottest teams, winning six straight through Saturday afternoon. Playing without defensive ace Michael Kidd Gilchrist (out for the season because of a shoulder injury), guard Kemba Walker has stepped forward as the team's clear leader, scoring 29 points with seven assists on average through the team's first six contests in March.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors remain the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, but the Hornets have joined the likes of the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks...

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