Anthony Davis Leads the Pelicans Past the Charlotte Hornets in Overtime
The Charlotte Hornets had no answer for Anthony Davis as he led the New Orleans Pelicans to an overtime victory over Kemba Walker and company.
The Charlotte Hornets (8-4) were defeated by the New Orleans Pelicans (4-10) in overtime, snapping their two game win streak. Anthony Davis’ dominating performance led the home team to a defining victory over one of the hottest team in the Eastern Conference in the Hornets. For Charlotte, this has to be seen as a disappointing loss to a struggling team.
Charlotte was once again without Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) who had a setback as he missed practice earlier in the week. Cody Zeller (sore right shoulder) also missed the game but his injury isn’t considered serious. Roy Hibbert (knee) only played limited minutes. With the missing players, the second unit needed step up for the Hornets and Marco Belinelli was especially up for the task.
The third quarter was the turning point in the game. Charlotte outscored New Orleans 39-27 in the period and took an 11 points lead into the fourth. They tied their third quarter season-high in points and shot 7-10 from the three-point line in the third. This should’ve been enough to hold off New Orleans and see the game through but Anthony Davis had other things in mind.
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After making an 11 point comeback in the fourth quarter, the Pelicans had the momentum heading into overtime. Charlotte could only muster up eight points in the extra period. Anthony Davis scored eight of New Orleans 13 points in overtime.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 25 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Marco Belinelli has his best game of the year for Charlotte with 22 points (7-9 from the three-point line), 10 rebounds, and five assists. Frank Kaminsky also added 15 points and five rebounds off of the bench. Marvin Williams and Nicolas Batum each scored 13 points. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Anthony Davis had his usual big game. The only way the Pelicans have been able to win this season is when Davis goes off and even then, it isn’t a guarantee. This time, his 38 points and 16 pounds were enough to get the job done.Langston Galloway scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Jrue Holiday chipped in 22 points and nine assists.
Highlight of the Game:
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) November 20, 2016
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Yes, this is certainly two teams in the second game of back-to-backs. Each one is shooting below 30 percent.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) November 20, 2016
- The Pelicans out-rebounded the Hornets 53-52.
- Charlotte committed an uncharacteristic 14 turnovers.
- MKG recorded his third double-double of the season.
- Kemba has now scored 20+ points in 11 straight games.
- The Charlotte Hornets shot (40-97) 41.2% from the field and (15-43) 34.9% from the three-point line.
With the loss, the Pelicans now hold a 1-0 series lead over the Hornets this season. They will meet one more time this year on March 11th in Charlotte. Steve Clifford’s side will be looking for some revenge in that one.
In their next match, the Charlotte Hornets will return home to take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, November 21st. It will be their first meeting of the season. The Buzz City team will be looking to bounce back from this disappointing loss.