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Hornets win second straight, take down Indiana at home

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The Hornets defeated Indiana 100-88 on Monday night behind a strong defensive performance. Kemba Walker continued to carry Charlotte on the offensive end, scoring 28 points (10-22 FG), dishing out 7 assists, and grabbing 6 rebounds. Walker continues to do everything humanly possible to keep the Hornets in the playoff hunt.

Last night’s win marked the first time since Jan. 20 that Charlotte had won back-to-back games. It was a total team performance that was long overdue, but it also came against a Pacers team that was on the second game of a back-to-back, so attrition must be considered in this one.

Nic Batum wasn’t the most efficient offensively (7-19 FG), but he did knock down 3 triples, and added 21 points to aid Kemba’s offensive onslaught. The turnover issue continued for Batum last night, committing 4 total. He had 4 assists on the evening.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller combined for 24 rebounds, and took care of the dirty work for the Hornets on the glass. Both players recorded double-double’s, and were a combined 50% from the floor. Having Zeller back in the lineup has made the Hornets pick-and-roll heavy offensive scheme run much smoother.

Jeremy Lamb showed us one of his rare flashes last night, tallying 14 points (6-9 FG) in 24 minutes off the bench. Lamb was decisive with the ball in his hands, and attacked the rim with consistency. Late in the fourth-quarter, as Indiana was attempting a comeback, Lamb initiated the offense while Kemba Walker was being face-guarded by Aaron Brooks. Lamb’s potential as an offensive shot-in-the-arm shines through occasionally, but the consistency still lacks. As Marco Belinelli continues to be a shell of himself from earlier in the season, Jeremy Lamb will become vital for the Hornets off the bench as they prepare for one last playoff push.

Paul George led Indiana with 36 points (15-25 FG), but it was a jump-shooting barrage from the Pacers. A team that was clearly gassed on the second game of a back-to-back decided to chuck jumpers all night instead of attacking the rim. Indiana only took 3 free-throw attempts all night (Hornets attempted 21). Three. Wow.

Charlotte is off tonight, and will travel to Miami for a 7:30p ET tip tomorrow night.