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Buzz City Stings is your daily destination for the latest and best news from around the internet about the Charlotte Hornets. LeBron James past yet another career milestone in his historic performance that led the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Hornets. In this edition, we look at Kemba Walker‘s injury scare and how the third quarter continues to benefit Charlotte.
LeBron Puts on All-Time Performance to Defeat Hornets
“James did it all, making five 3-pointers and adding 10 assists and nine rebounds in 43 minutes. He took over in the fourth, scoring 13 straight during one stretch to help the Cavs hold on. James scored 17 of his season-high 44 points in the fourth quarter and reached another career milestone as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fourth straight, 116-105 over Charlotte on Saturday. James, who moved into ninth place on the career scoring list Friday, recorded his 7,000th assist in the first half, becoming the first frontcourt player in NBA history to reach the plateau. The 31-year-old is the only player with 27,000 points, 7,000 assists and 7,000 rebounds.” (CaledonianRecord.com)
LeBron is one of the best to ever play the game of basketball. He continues to amaze every year and dominating Charlotte has become routine. His latest performance was one for the books with a near triple-double while notching his 7,000 assist in his career. To give the Hornets some credit, the actually put up a good fight and kept the game close and even had a chance to win and might’ve if Kemba didn’t get injured.
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Charlotte Lose the Game But Not Kemba After Injury Scare
“This looked ominous. It certainly would have been consequential. Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker was on the floor, obviously in massive pain, after a collision with Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. When he was finally helped off the court, he sat at the end of the bench, clutching his knee. Then the night got a lot better. About a half-hour later, Walker emerged from a shower, dressed and pronounced himself fine. With a shy grin, he said he’s not badly hurt and expects to play in Monday’s game against the Pacers in Indianapolis.” (CharlotteObserver.com)
This looked bad and all of Buzz City held their collective breath. When Walker was on the ground clutching his surgically repaired left knee, we all thought the worst. Thankfully, for both fans and the team, Kemba is going to be okay and the injury isn’t serious. To play the if game, If Kemba would’ve been badly injured and out for a long period of time, Charlotte would struggle mightily to win games without him.
Third Quater Continues to Benefit the Hornets
“The Hornets got out to a big lead early, only to watch that lead evaporate by the end of the first quarter, which they finished trailing the Magic by one point. By halftime, they had taken the lead and created a little separation between to two teams. And then the third quarter happened. Among all the teams in the NBA, the Hornets have one of the most robust margins in the third quarter. Friday night’s result against Orlando helped bolster that number, which now stands at +18.8, when they put the foot down, outscoring Orlando 39-24.” (AtTheHive.com)
For whatever reason, Steve Clifford’s side continues to play their best basketball in the third quarter of games. They are currently the fourth highest scoring team in the NBA in the third period with 27.7 per game. The Golden State Warriors, the Phoenix Suns, and the Indiana Pacers are the only teams that score more in that particular quarter.