For the second time this season, the Charlotte Hornets managed to snap an eight-game losing streak, beating the Sacramento Kings by a final score of 125-119.
With the win, the Hornets improve to 8-23 on the season.
What went right for the Charlotte Hornets?
LaMelo Ball’s fourth quarter heroics
LaMelo Ball saved his best for last, dropping 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to help Charlotte secure the win. The 16 points marks Ball’s most in a quarter this season and is tied for his second-most in a quarter in his career. Ball also recorded 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the final frame while shooting 60.0% from the field (6/10) and 66.7% (4/6) from three-point range.
The Hornets recorded seven blocks, tied for their third-most in a game this season. The seven blocks are also tied for the second-most in a game by any team against the Kings this season. Mason Plumlee led the way with three blocks, his new season high.
What went wrong for the Charlotte Hornets?
De’Aaron Fox’s big night
De’Aaron Fox tied his season high with 37 points and did so on 56.0% shooting over the course of 34 minutes. Fox also added 5 assists and 2 rebounds while knocking down 40.0% of his three-point attempts and 77.8% of his free-throw attempts. The 37 points are a new career high for Fox against Charlotte, as the sixth-year guard has now played in 12 total contests against the Hornets.
Did not force turnovers
The Kings committed just eight turnovers, the fewest by any opponent against the Hornets this season. The eight turnovers are also tied for Sacramento’s least in a game this season, and no Sacramento player committed more than two turnovers for the game.
What is next for the Charlotte Hornets?
Wednesday, December 21st – at Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m.)