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Bench leads the Hornets past the Nuggets

Kaminsky and the Charlotte Hornets bench combine for 49 points in rout over Nuggets

Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Hornets Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Charlotte’s Wednesday night matchup against the Denver Nuggets was never in doubt. The Hornets caught fire early and never took a look back, topping the Nuggets 110-93.

This victory was driven by the bench who tallied a total of 49 points, and led by Frank Kaminsky, who finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and added a block to his stat line.

20 point games for Kaminsky has sort of become the norm as this is now his 2nd 20 point game out of four, and finished with 18 points in the Hornets Monday night game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Could this mean Frank is starting to turn the curve? Lets hope so, because I LOVE what I am seeing from Frank the Tank, and he might be deserving of a shot in the starting lineup, especially with Marvin Williams struggling so far into the season.

This was also a breakout game for Malik Monk, who teamed with Kaminsky to drop in 17 points. This is the kind of production you want to see from your bench.

The first half was completely in Charlotte’s hands as the Hornets held Denver to only 39 first half points. Charlotte’s bench had 36 at half, while Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard each only had five points at the break.

The starters would eventually catch up. Walker finished with 19 points, while Howard finished with 15 points and 19 rebounds. That’s what we need from Dwight. He even bounced back from his 0-for-10 performance at the free throw line against Milwaukee and shot 7-for-11 this game. He totally deserves a cookie.

Jeremy Lamb has made the most of his time in the starting lineup with Nicolas Batum being out. Before this game, Lamb was 1-for-13 from three point range yet caught fire this game going 3-for-4 from downtown. Lamb would finish with 16 points and 5 assists; dropping this beauty of a dime.

If Lamb can keep up this level of play for the remainder of the season he’ll be looking at a definite increase in minutes.

This was definitely a game the Hornets should and did win. Coming off a great performance against a probable playoff team in Milwaukee and a probable MVP candidate in Giannis Antetokounmpo, this is exactly how the Hornets should have performed.

Moving on to 2-2, the Hornets will host James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Friday the 27th, to try and improve to a positive record.