Hornets Stuff Magic at Buzzer
Pargo Scores 16 in the 4th to Lead Rally
By Matt Gorry, hornets.com
Jannero Pargo came off the bench to score 16 points and spark a fourth-quarter rally, and Al Jefferson blocked a game-tying shot at the buzzer as Charlotte held on to drop the Orlando Magic, 99-97, on Oct. 13 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
After taking a seven-point lead into the break, the Hornets saw Orlando storm back in the third quarter behind a suffocating defense and grab a 78-73 advantage heading to the fourth. With starting point guard Kemba Walker out with a left knee contusion he suffered in the third quarter, Charlotte Head Coach Steve Clifford pushed all the right buttons and inserted third-string point guard Jannero Pargo into the game for the first time in the final stanza. After a Cody Zeller offensive board, Pargo drilled a trey from the top of the key – the Hornets second 3-pointer of the game – to jumpstart a rally. Pargo then stole the ball and set up Bismack Biyombo for a dunk before draining a corner jumper with three seconds on the shot clock to push Charlotte ahead, 83-81. Pargo dropped 16 points in the frame to keep the Hornets ahead, setting up Al Jefferson’s heroics. With time winding down, Orlando’s Elfrid Payton drove into the lane and laid up a floater, but was rejected at the rim by Jefferson, as Pargo corralled the loose ball and ran out the clock.
Inside the Box Score
Charlotte overcame some cold shooting spells, including a 7.1 percent (1-of-14) mark from behind the arc through three quarters to pull out the win… The Hornets only shot 42.6 percent from the floor on the game (40-of-94) but hit 16-of-20 shots from the free throw line… For the second-straight game, five players scored in double-figures, led by Al Jefferson’s 20 points… Michael Kidd-Gilchrist stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals… Kemba Walker flirted with a triple-double with 11 points, six boards and five assists before leaving with the knee injury… Gary Neal, who led the team in scoring the past two nights, pitched in 10 points off the bench with three assists.
Hornets Player of the Game
Reserve point guard Jannero Pargo lead a furious fourth-quarter comeback for the Hornets, pouring in 16 points, an assist and a steal in just 12 minutes of action. The 11-year vet reignited the crowd at Time Warner Cable Arena and helped Charlotte erase a five-point deficit in the final frame and win at the buzzer. “That’s why we are glad to have him," Hornets Head Coach Steve Clifford said. "It won’t be the last time that happens.”
Magic Player of the Game
Emerging star Tobias Harris was everywhere for the Magic, tallying 14 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in the losing effort.
Ten Hornets scored on the night… Lance Stephenson scored six of his eight points in the opening frame in his first game in front of the home fans. Stephenson added four highlight-worthy assists and four rebounds… Cody Zeller tallied eight points, six boards and three assists… Bismack Biyombo snagged four offensive rebounds and seven total to go along with seven points and two blocked shots… PJ Hairston added three points and seven rebounds… Gerald Henderson (hamstring) and Noah Vonleh (hernia) sat out.
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The Hornets welcome the Detroit Pistons on October 15 at 11 a.m. The game can be heard on WFNZ or on the Hornets mobile app.