Hornets End West Road Trip with Another Win

Transition Offense, Points Off Turnovers Set Tone for Charlotte in Los Angeles

By Sam Perley, hornets.com


Another impressive all-around performance helped the Charlotte Hornets close out their four-game road trip with a victory as they knocked off the Lakers, 108-94, on Friday, Jan. 5 in Los Angeles. Kemba Walker racked up a team-high 19 points to lead six Charlotte players in double figures as the Hornets concluded a successful stay in California with a third win in four appearances.

Turning Point

Holding a 28-24 advantage after the opening 12 minutes, the Hornets drained 14-of-26 second-quarter shots (53.8 percent) to extend their lead to 15 by halftime. Charlotte got a team-high 12 points from Kemba Walker in the frame while also converting six Los Angeles turnovers into 12 points as well as the visitors cruised to an easy victory in the second half.

Hornets Player of the Game (Pick up your Kemba Walker gear here)

Kemba Walker finished with a team-high 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting, a game-high-tying seven assists and a season-high-tying four steals in the victory. Walker finishes the four-game road trip with averages of 19.3 points, 6.0 assists and 2.8 steals per contest.

Lakers Player of the Game

Brandon Ingram led the way for Los Angeles with a game-high 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting, a career-high 14 rebounds and four assists in the loss. This is Ingram’s fourth double-double of the season and first since Nov. 15 vs. Philadelphia.

Game Notes

Jeremy Lamb tallied 17 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench… Marvin Williams added 16 points and five rebounds (4-of-6 from three-point range)… Dwight Howard notched his 21st double-double of the season with 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. The Hornets center also passed Charles Barkley for 18th place on the NBA’s all-time rebounding leaderboard with his performance (12,550)… Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (13 points) and Frank Kaminsky (12 points) also scored in double figures for Charlotte… The Hornets tied a franchise record with their third-consecutive road win over the Lakers (Jan. 26, 2007-Jan. 27, 2009)… Charlotte scored 24 points off 16 Los Angeles turnovers, while the Lakers had just nine points on 15 Hornet giveaways… Charlotte also outscored the Lakers in fast-break points (24-9) and in second-chance points (22-11).

Quote of the Night

[We] ended the trip off right. It was a long road trip. To finish 3-1, that’s really good for us. Hopefully, we can get some confidence from this, take it back home and gain some momentum.” – Hornets point guard Kemba Walker.

Next Up

The Hornets begin a three-game homestand against the Dallas Mavericks starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10 in Charlotte. The game can be seen on FOX Sports Southeast or heard on WFNZ or on the official Charlotte Hornets mobile app.