Malik Monk scored 24 points in 21 minutes off the bench and Jeremy Lamb scored 16 points in his return from injury, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Clippers hot shooting as the Hornets fell, 128-109.
Jeremy Lamb came out like a WWE wrestler that just got tagged into a match in dramatic fashion after their partner took a beating. He scored eight points and corralled three rebounds in his first seven minutes of action since returning from a hamstring injury. The two teams battled to a stalemate for the first eight minutes of the game before a 12-3 Clippers run gave them a nine point lead at the first intermission.
Back to back 3-pointers by Lamb and Malik Monk quickly cut the margin, but the Clippers bench was up to the task. The Hornets were able to close the gap late in the half however, and went into the break down just five.
The Hornets were able to cut their deficit down to two points on multiple occasions in the third quarter but never could quite get over the hump. It seemed as though every time the Hornets got close, the Clippers strung together a couple makes to put the Hornets back at arm’s length. The Hornets went into the fourth quarter down nine.
That’s when things fell apart. A Lou Williams 3-pointer about a minute in the final quarter put the Clippers up double digits, and it stayed that way for the rest of the game. The lead swelled to as large as 26 before the some garbage time baskets set the final score at 128-109.
This game was almost a carbon copy of the Nuggets game last Saturday. The Hornets hung around for most of the game but couldn’t string together stops when they needed to. Malik Monk again did his best to keep the team in the game while the team struggled to get stops, but once again, it wasn’t enough. Between tonight and Saturday’s game, the Hornets gave up a total of 76 fourth quarter points. You can’t win games like that.
Up next is a visit to Portland to take on a strong Trail Blazers team.