The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 117-113, on Tuesday night at the Spectrum Center.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 28 points and 10 assists. Nic Batum, who stepped up for the Hornets in the final 13 seconds of the game, contributed 23 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds. Marvin Williams scored 15, Marco Belinelli 13, and Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller scored 11 each.
The Lakers started strong pushing the pace and put up as many shots as possible. D’Angelo Russell knocked down a couple of shots give the Lakers an early lead. The Hornets fired back but their opponents were too aggressive on the offensive end.
The Lakers went on a 10-2 run to extend the lead to 21-12. Brandon Ingram, who grew in Kinston, North Carolina, entered in the 3:49 mark and received cheers from the crowd. The Hornets took advantage of the Lakers’ poor defense, ending the first quarter with a six-point deficit.
Jordan Clarkson started firing three-pointers in the second quarter. The Lakers went on a 19-4 run and showed a good ball movement. The Hornets trailed by as much as 19 points and failed to bounce back in the end of the first half. In the third quarter, Hornets head coach Steve Clifford called an early timeout after Russell hit two consecutive baskets.
The Hornets managed to take down the lead with a 15-0 run. With five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Lou Williams succeeded to hit all three free throws, giving the Lakers a six-point lead. However, a couple of three-pointers coming from Marco Belinelli tied the game, 113-113, with 2:23 left.
The Lakers were unable to fire back. Nick Young was given the opportunity to hit the final shots but failed to convert. Nic Batum notched the final four points of the game to give the Hornets their second straight victory, 117-113.
LARRY NANCE JR. INJURY
Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. left in the third quarter of the game after injuring his knee while chasing after a loose ball. X-rays came back negative, but he will have an MRI on Wednesday. In a postgame interview, coach Luke Walton called Nance’s injury a “huge loss” for the Lakers.
Luke said however long Larry’s out is going to a be “a huge loss for us,” called him probably their most intelligent player (on @SpectrumSN)
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) December 21, 2016
Before leaving the game, Nance posted 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals while shooting 4-for-5 from the floor. The Los Angeles Lakers will face the Miami Heat on Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
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