After suffering a tough defeat on Wednesday night to the Chicago Bulls. Charlotte was able to bounce back Friday night with a dominating 135-106 win over those same Bulls. Kemba Walker finished with a game high 30 points and added 7 assists and 6 rebounds to go with it.
This game was the complete opposite of Wednesday’s matchup. It was looking like more of the same at the start of the game as the Hornets started off 0-11 from three, but the moment the Hornets were able to find their groove, they never looked back. Charlotte put up 45 points in the 2nd quarter, which is the fourth highest point total in any quarter in franchise history.
While Walker finished with the prettiest stat line, I would like to credit this win to Tony Parker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who sparked the run in the 2nd quarter to put the Hornets on top. Parker gave an impressive speech before the run to try and light a fire in the team and followed it up with his play on the court. Parker finished with 18 points and 8 assists while Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Charlotte’s shooting percentages were way up compared to Wednesday’s match. On Wednesday night, Charlotte shot 43.5% from the field and 28.6% from three. Tonight, the Hornets finished shooting 57% from the field and 43.8% from 3, an amazing turnaround.
Other notable performances were Miles Bridges, who finished the game with 15 points 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Most of his points came during garbage time in the 4th, but there’s no doubt the rookie is making the most of the minutes he’s given. Cody Zeller had a very solid game, finishing with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Bismack Biyombo made an appearance and five blocks, while Jeremy Lamb, Malik Monk and Nic Batum all had 10 points. Batum posted a +/- of +27, the highest on the team tonight, as he stuffed the stat sheet with 5 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and a block to go with his 10 points. Also on a positive note he shot 2/3 from three, which is good to see since he’s been struggling to find his range.
Charlotte has a quick turnaround as they travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers tomorrow night. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.