Hornets Top Bucks For 4th Straight Win
The game of basketball has always been explained to be a game of runs, and the Buzz have found themselves on a winning run of four games after their most recent win in Milwaukee over the Bucks, 108-101.
Big Al played 31 minutes in the contest and had 12 points on a very efficient 6-of-11 shooting from the field. The Big Fella also tallied nine rebounds and two assists as the Hornets have now won six of their last 10 games.
The Postman has averaged 22 points, 9.6 rebounds and two assists over the last five games, including three double-doubles.
Al’s tremendous form during the 4-game winning streak has been complimented by Kemba Walker’s high-scoring affairs. Walker has averaged 23.7 points per game in the last four games compared to his just 16.9 points per game he’s been averaging this season. On Tuesday night against the Bucks, Kemba scored a team-high 27 points, including and aggressive display of attacking the basket—making 8-of-10 free throws.
The recent win streak has come thanks to a tremendous amount of ball movement, and a significant change in defensive energy as the Hornets move to 10-19 on the season.
”We just got stops,” said Walker. ”It was a point where both teams really didn’t score. We continued to get stops and we stuck with the game and at one point we were able to score and continue to get stops.”
The Postman opened up the first quarter with half of his offensive production of the night, pouring in six points as the Buzz were matched by the Bucks basket-for-basket throughout the first frame.
Rookie P.J. Hairston, the former North Carolina Tar Heel, has been a difference maker off the bench for Coach Steve Clifford in recent games. Hairston knocked down a one of the two 3-pointers to open up the second quarter—other one coming from Marvin Williams—giving the Buzz a 34-30 lead. P.J. scored 10 points in the game in just 17 minutes on 4-of-7 shooting.
Big Al had just one field goal in the second quarter after he checked in at the 8:08 mark; hitting a 9-foot jump shot off a Gary Neal pass.
Walker had his hands full all night having to keep up with Bucks guard Brandon Knight, who scored a game-high 34 points. However, Kemba took center stage and scored nine points in the second frame to bring the Hornets to within two at halftime, 56-54.
As the ball movement continued to be a focal point for the Charlotte offense, it began to open up more opportunities to attack the rim. Whether it was throwing the ball down into the post or driving the ball, the Buzz were getting to the free throw line at will—converting 28 free throws on 36 attempts. Along with the large discrepancy on the free throw battle—Bucks were just 15-of-20—Charlotte also won the turnover battle, turning Milwaukee over 20 times in the game.
“We’re making progress and, in this league, that’s what good teams do,” Coach Clifford said. “The last three or four games we’ve been moving the ball well.”
To open the second half, the Big Fella knocked down a 19-footer from wingman Gerald Henderson, who finished with a season-high 20 points while making his 19th start of the season on Tuesday night.
Later in the third, Henderson knocked down a 13-footer that came off a nice pass from Al, giving the Buzz a 71-64 lead. The Hornets out scored Milwaukee 34-24 in the third taking an 88-80 lead into the final frame.
The Big Fella tallied two points and pulled down three rebounds in the final frame, and the Hornets shut the Bucks down, forcing four turnovers and holding them to just 34.8 percent shooting in the last 12 minutes to seal their fourth consecutive win.