As owner Michael Jordan cheered on from courtside, the Charlotte Hornets went on a rampaging 27-6 fourth quarter run to defeat Washington Wizards 101-87 on Wednesday night.
Jordan, the Hornets owner, isn’t a regular even at home games. In fact, he was seen at very few games last season. But every time Jordan shows up, the Hornets players seem to have additional motivation to perform. After all, Jordan is the undisputed greatest player of all time.
Jeremy Lamb led the way with 18 points and 7 rebounds. “It felt like we couldn’t (do) nothing going,” said Lamb (watch video below). “We kept missing shots but we just stayed together and stayed with it and started hitting some shots. Next thing you know, it’s a 25-0 run,” added the guard traded from OKC at the start of the season.
Nicolas Batum scored 16 points and 11 assists as the Hornets overcame a nine-point deficit and gained a franchise record by holding their opponents to six points in the 4th quarter. “That’s impressive because that team (Wizards) can score,” Batum said after the impressive comeback win. “When we play defense, we can beat any team in this league.”
Hornets, with their seventh straight home win, improved to a respectable 9-6 record.
Kemba Walker, fresh off his 39-point outing against Sacramento, added 16 points while the frontcourt duo of Marvin Williams and Al Jefferson each had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Randy Wittman, the Washington Wizards coach, lamented at the fact that his team blew an 85-76 lead with less than 5 minutes to play. “I’d like us to play through a bad (start) to a quarter,” Wittman said after the loss. “If you keep fighting all of a sudden good things happen to you, but if you give into it, it’s a snowball effect.”
The 6-6 Wizards will now host Boston Celtics on Friday night. The 9-6 Hornets will host Cleveland Cavaliers in a big game on the same night.