It wasn’t the prettiest game, but a win is a win.
It’s been a rough few weeks for the Hornets, but the hope is that things will trend in the right direction following their 112-111 win over the Wizards Friday night. Marvin Williams finished with a game-high 30 points on 10 for 16 shooting, including 7-10 behind the arc.
After showing lulls at the beginning and end of games it was pivotal that the Hornets get out to a good start and seal the deal at the end. The Hornets did that out-scoring the Wizards 32-22 in the first quarter and getting much needed defensive stops in the closing seconds of the game.
“I’m proud of these guys. They stuck with it. It’s a big win for our group,” Coach James Borrego said after the game. “We’ve lost a couple of tough close games, and to get a close win like this is big for our group.”
It was a contest of ups and downs, runs a slumps - which included 11 ties and 14 lead changes, but the difference Friday night was that the Hornets made big plays at the most important times.
Trailing by 2 points with 2 minutes remaining, Charlotte’s stout defense forced three straight misses by the Wizards and a Jeremy Lamb transition three-point with 50 seconds remaining would be the go ahead basket.
“We had a ton to play for,” Marvin Williams said after his big night. “17 games left and I guess we’re still right there in the 8th spot floating around. So, there’s a ton to play for. A lot to be excited about. Obviously there’s going to be some disappointment on the road going forward, but there’s going to be a lot of high notes too. So, we’ve just got a keep our head high and keep marching.”
In addition to Marvin’s 30, Jeremy Lamb had 19, Kemba Walker added 18, Nicolas Batum chipped in 10 and Dwayne Bacon, who saw action after Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was sidelined in the second quarter with a knee strain, also finished with 10.
Next up for the Hornets will be a trip to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks in their first of four straight road games.