Hornets beat pesty Grizzlies 100-92

Dick Cox

February 01, 2019 at 10:39 pm.

The Charlotte Hornets behind the timely fourth quarter 3-point shooting of Marvin Williams and Malik Monk, and the stellar defense of Bismack Biyombo, came from behind to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 100-92.

The Hornets trailed by 90-87 with 2:55 remaining in the game when Williams hit two key 3-pointers in 38 seconds to tie the game, and to give the Hornets the lead for good at 93-90.

Biyombo, who finished with seven rebounds and three blocks, had just one point but made a difference on the defensive end. He blocked a dunk attempt with 1:48 to go and swatted away a layup attempt by Shelvin Mack 20 seconds later.

Monk scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and had two 3-pointers in the final period.

Kemba Walker scored 23 points, Monk 20 points, Williams 16 points, Tony Parker 15 points and seven assists, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrest 10 points to lead the Charlotte attack.

Mack led Memphis with 19 points and nine assists. Justin Holiday and Ivan Rabb added 15 points each and Joakim Noah and Green each had 10 points for the Grizzlies.

Marc Gasol, who averages 15.7 points per game, didn’t score until late in the second quarter and he finished with only eight points and six rebounds.

Hornets coach James Borrego said, ”Marvin was great; Malik was great. The second half especially, just getting downhill and getting to the rim. Knocking that shot down, (Malik) is getting more and more comfortable down there. He looks really confident shooting the ball right now. So give those two guys a lot of credit.”

Borrego also praised Biyombo for his leadership and play on the defensive end.

”I think we struggled to find a bucket down the stretch,” Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ”They had guys in Kemba, Tony Parker, those guys that are used to having the ball in their hands in big moments. We struggled from the offensive end to find a bucket. That was able to give them the opportunity down the stretch.”

Charlotte swept the series against Memphis for the second year in a row.

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