Charlotte Hornets

Hornets Close Out Mavericks Late

By Sam Perley, hornets.com

Result

On a night when they were ice cold from three-point range, the Charlotte Hornets still found a way to win as they pulled out a huge 109-101 victory over the Mavericks on Monday, Dec. 5 in Dallas. In another highly-competitive contest that saw 18 total lead changes, the Hornets managed to rally from an 11-point second-half deficit and move their road record to 6-3 for the first time since the 2000-01 NBA season. The victory also marked a season sweep for the Hornets over Dallas for the first time since the 1997-98 NBA campaign.

Turning Point

Trailing 104-95 with just over two minutes remaining in the game, the Mavericks rolled off a 6-0 run to cut the deficit down to just three points with 56.2 seconds to go. After an empty offensive possession for the Hornets, Deron Williams saw his mid-range floater rejected by Cody Zeller and grabbed up by Nicolas Batum. Roughly 20 seconds later, Jeremy Lamb knocked down a huge three-pointer from the top of the arc, stretching Charlotte’s lead to six points with 13.9 seconds left and ultimately sealing the win for the Hornets.

Hornets Player of the Game

Nicolas Batum exploded for 14 points, a game-high and season-high 15 rebounds and a team-high seven assists in the victory. This is Batum’s second-straight double-double and fourth overall of the season, which is the second-highest total on the team.

Mavericks Player of the Game

Harrison Barnes finished with a game-high 29 points, seven rebounds and two assists in the loss. This is Barnes’ sixth game of the season with 25-or-more points and first such performance since Nov. 16 against Boston.

Game Notes

Kemba Walker notched a team-high 19 points, three rebounds and four assists… Michael Kidd-Gilchrist recorded his team-leading fifth double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds… Marco Belinelli added 16 points and six rebounds off the bench… Jeremy Lamb (14 points) and Cody Zeller (12 points) also scored in double figures for the Hornets… Charlotte knocked down a season-high 92.9 percent of its free-throw attempts (26-of-28)…The Hornets did not hit their first three-point field goal until the final minute of the third quarter and finished a season-low 3-of-18 from long distance (16.7 percent)… Charlotte won the rebounding battle, 55-35.

Quote of the Night

“[Facilitating for my teammates] was why [Charlotte] brought me here last year. I haven’t shot the ball really well this season but I try to facilitate the game with the other guys. I know when Marco wants the ball, when Kemba wants the ball, Jeremy Lamb – all those guys. I just try to facilitate the game for the other guys. That’s my job with this team.” – Nicolas Batum

Quote of the Night


“[Facilitating for my teammates] was why [Charlotte] brought me here last year. I haven’t shot the ball really well this season but I try to facilitate the game with the other guys. I know when Marco wants the ball, when Kemba wants the ball, Jeremy Lamb – all those guys. I just try to facilitate the game for the other guys. That’s my job with this team.” – Nicolas Batum

Next Up

The Hornets will start a two-game homestand against the Detroit Pistons beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 in Charlotte. The game can be seen on FOX Sports Southeast or heard on WFNZ or on the official Charlotte Hornets mobile app.


next up

Wednesday Dec 7 – 7:00 pmSpectrum Center, Charlotte, NC

Fox Sports Southeast – Charlotte Hornets App & WFNZ 610 AM

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