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Charlotte Hornets at Washington Wizards

· NBA In-Season Tournament - Group Play
3-5, 2-2 Away
Final
124 - 117

2-6, 1-2 Home
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Hayward, Ball lead late Hornets surge past Wizards in their NBA In-Season Tournament debut

Daniel Gafford elevates for slam dunk vs. Charlotte Hornets

Mark Williams added 21 points and career-high 24 rebounds for the Hornets, who made a winning debut in the NBA In-Season Tournament with a road victory in East Group B.

Williams' total included 15 offensive rebounds, a franchise record.

"Those extra chances, those extra possessions turned out to be critical,” Williams said.

Charlotte entered Friday as the Eastern Conference's worst team from beyond the arc and made a season-low six 3s on 28 attempts.

But between Ball and Hayward, the Hornets sank four of their last five from deep to split a home-and-home set after Washington's win on Wednesday.

Williams led Charlotte to a dominating 67-36 edge on the glass — a plus-31 margin that marked another franchise best — to help the game stay close until the shooting finally came around.

When it did, the Hornets outscored the Wizards 36-20 in the fourth quarter.

“We’re going to have to figure out the 3-point shooting,” said Hornets coach Steve Clifford. “'Cause tonight, we got ones that we’ll make eventually, and we did make them late. But as much as anything, it's just great fourth-quarter play."

Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points for Washington, failing to reach 20 for the first time this season. Tyus Jones added 16 as the Wizards fell to 0-2 in Group B play.

“Obviously, it was a very winnable game,” said Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. “Take care of one area and I think it just changes the game completely.”

After starting the game down 15-3 and trailing by as many as 16 in the second quarter, Charlotte responded to take two brief third-quarter leads before edging in front again when Ball's fourth 3 from the left wing made it 110-109 with 4:24 left in the game.

Ball fed Hayward for another 3 before Hayward converted a three-point play following a leaner in traffic to stretch it to 116-111.

The Hornets missed their final 3, but Williams was there for a follow-up dunk to put an exclamation point on Charlotte's late surge.

“We started making some shots — Melo made some big ones down the stretch,” Williams said. “And then we got some stops. Twenty points we gave up in the fourth? That’s big time.”

UP NEXT

Hornets: Visit New York on Sunday.

Wizards: Visit Brooklyn on Sunday.

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Regular Season Series

Series tied 1-1

Matchup Prediction

Wizards: 66.4%
Hornets: 33.6%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 124 - 117
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 124 - 117
4th 13.1 Kyle Kuzma makes 1-foot driving floating jump shot 124 - 117
4th 18.1 Mark Williams makes 3-foot dunk 124 - 115
4th 18.1 Mark Williams offensive rebound 122 - 115

Statistics

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50-110 FG 43-88
45.5 Field Goal % 48.9
6-28 3PT 14-38
21.4 Three Point % 36.8
18-28 FT 17-20
64.3 Free Throw % 85.0
67 Rebounds 36
28 Offensive Rebounds 7
39 Defensive Rebounds 29
31 Assists 28
10 Steals 4
4 Blocks 6
9 Turnovers 15
1 Team Turnovers 0
10 Total Turnovers 15
0 Technical Fouls 0
0 Total Technical Fouls 0
0 Flagrant Fouls 0
12 Points Off Turnovers 22
15 Fast Break Points 11
74 Points in Paint 54
19 Fouls 23
9 Largest Lead 16

Game Information

Capital One Arena

Location: Washington, DC
Attendance: 17,602 · Capacity:

2023-24 Southeast Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
Miami 30 25 .545 - W2
Orlando 30 25 .545 - W1
Atlanta 24 31 .436 6 L2
Charlotte 13 41 .241 16.5 W3
Washington 9 45 .167 20.5 L8
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