The Charlotte Hornets hit a new low point on Wednesday night, falling to the Detroit Pistons in overtime by a final score of 141-134.
With the loss, the Hornets are now 7-21 and are in sole possession of the worst record in the NBA.
What went right for the Charlotte Hornets?
LaMelo Ball makes his return
After missing 11 straight games and having played in only three of Charlotte’s first 27 games, LaMelo Ball made his return to the court on Wednesday night and did so in impressive fashion. Ball racked up 23 points and 11 assists in 34 minutes, shooting 9/18 from the field and 5/13 from three-point range.
Mason Plumlee’s big night on the boards
Mason Plumlee was excellent on the boards, grabbing 18 rebounds in 33 minutes. The 18 boards are a new high during Plumlee’s time in Charlotte. He also brought down 11 offensive rebounds, a new career high. Plumlee is now the fifth player in Charlotte franchise history to grab 11 offensive rebounds in a game, joining Dwight Howard, Emeka Okafor, Larry Johnson, and Alonzo Mourning.
What went wrong for the Charlotte Hornets?
Overtime woes continue
Tonight’s game marked Charlotte’s fifth overtime contest this season, the most in the league. The Hornets are now 1-4 in such games this season and are an abysmal 1-13 in their last 14 overtime games dating back to the 2020-21 season.
Pistons light it up on offense
Detroit’s 141 points is a new high by an opponent against Charlotte this season, topping the 140 points scored by the Boston Celtics on November 28th. To be fair, tonight’s game did include an overtime period, so perhaps the 127 points scored by the Pistons in regulation is a better number to debate. Adjusting for overtime periods,127 points is the fifth-most by an opponent in regulation against Charlotte this season.
What is next for the Charlotte Hornets?
Friday, December 16th – vs. Atlanta Hawks (7:00 p.m.)