The Hornets blitzed the Suns out of the gate. They hit seven of their first eight shots as they built a 21-5 lead in the first five minutes of game. The Suns found their offensive footing in the later parts of the quarter, but still struggled to get stops. This play gave the Hornets 39 points for the first quarter:
The Hornets started the second quarter on another run, scoring the first seven points of the quarter. Malik Monk got going in the first part of the period with seven points of his own. After that, the Hornets let off the gas pedal. The Suns scored 34 points in the second frame to stay in the game. It was mitigated to an extent by the Hornets 32 points in the same time, but the defense was not great. At the half, the Hornets led 71-60 with Kemba leading the way with 17 points.
The Suns briefly cut the Hornets’ lead to single digits, but Jeremy Lamb hit his fourth and fifth 3-pointers of the game to grow the lead back to 18. A Willy Hernangomez floater gave the Hornets 100 points with 2:45 left in the third quarter. The Spaniard had eight points and six rebounds in the third quarter alone. Marvin Williams was fouled shooting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter and hit all three free throws to give the Hornets a 109-86 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Suns started the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run, forcing James Borrego to take a timeout. The Hornets took 3:38 to score their first points of the quarter, and they came on a Nicolas Batum 3-pointer. The Suns cut the lead as low as 11 before Batum and Tony Parker’s six straight points put the game out of reach. A Bismack Biyombo and-1 put the Hornets up 127-108, and the benches were emptied.
The Hornets have now won three straight games by convincing margins. There were some lapses on the defensive end, but for the most part there was little to complain about in this game. The Hornets had 31 assists, and shot 55% from the field and 47% from the arc. They out-rebounded the Suns 53 to 26.
Up next is a 24 turnaround before a road game against the Pacers.