The Charlotte Hornets entered Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks having lost 6-of-7 and four straight on the road. The team had nothing to play for and very easily could’ve packed it in against a young Atlanta Hawks team.
Instead, the Hornets put on one of their best offensive performances of the entire season. Nicolas Batum led the way with a triple double with 10 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds, while Dwight Howard added 33 points and 12 rebounds. Not to be forgotten, Kemba Walker contributed 24 points and eight assists.
In the victory, Charlotte shot 52.9 percent from the field and 17-of-33 from the 3-point line. In addition, the Hornets had 30 assists on 46 made baskets while only turning the ball over 10 times.
As great as the performance was on the offensive end of the court, the defensive effort continued to leave much to be desired. Atlanta, who came into the game averaging 103.6 points per game, was able to put up 117 points and made 16-of-36 3-point attempts. While Steve Clifford will be happy with the victory, I’m sure he’ll have plenty of talking points for the team tomorrow.
The Hornets will be back in action on Saturday night as they travel to New York City to take on the New York Knicks. The Knicks blew a big early lead against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night as they lost 118-110.