November 29, 2018 / 2:56 AM / 4 months ago

Lamb scores 22 as Hornets cruise over Hawks

Jeremy Lamb scored 22 points, and the Charlotte Hornets turned up the defense to roll to an easy 108-94 victory over the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

The Hornets gained a bit of revenge after losing to the Hawks 124-123 in Atlanta on Sunday night.

Charlotte held the Hawks, who were playing on the second night of a back-to-back after winning in Miami on Tuesday, to just 34.4 percent from the field.

The Hornets were a season-low 4 of 20 from 3-point range, but made up for it by going to the free-throw line 37 times and making 28. Lamb was 9-for-9 from the line.

The Hornets also got 19 points each from Kemba Walker and Cody Zeller, and Nicolas Batum scored 13. They lost Malik Monk to a quad injury in the second quarter.

Trae Young led the Hawks with 18 points. Taurean Prince and Kevin Huerter scored 12 each and Justin Anderson scored 10. The Hawks were without Jeremy Lin (ankle).

The Hornets have now won two straight, while the Hawks had a two-game winning streak snapped. Oddly, the Hornets have not won more than two straight or lost more than two straight this season.

The Hawks led by as many as 10 early in the game and led 28-24 after one quarter. The Hornets then took the lead early in the second quarter and would not trail again, leading 55-49 at halftime. Charlotte led 86-75 after three quarters and then continued to push the lead higher in the fourth. The biggest lead was 19 on several occasions.

The Hornets were playing the second game of a four-game homestand. They will host Utah on Friday night. The Hawks were playing the second game of a three-game road trip. They will conclude the trip at Oklahoma City on Friday.

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