Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Hornets score franchise-record 158 points in victory

Kelly Oubre Jr. connected on 10 shots from 3-point range on his way to 39 points and LaMelo Ball had a triple-double as the record-setting Charlotte Hornets overwhelmed the Indiana Pacers in a 158-126 rout Wednesday night at Indianapolis.
The Hornets set a franchise single-game record for points while establishing an NBA season high. The Hornets’ all-time record had come this season in a 146-143 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on Nov. 27. The Memphis Grizzlies previously held the 2021-22 mark thanks to a 152-79 rout of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 2.
Oubre tied the franchise record for made 3-pointers, and Ball poured in 29 points to go with 13 assists and 10 rebounds as Charlotte produced a season-high point total.
Miles Bridges posted 22 points to help the Hornets snap a two-game losing streak.
Goga Bitadze and reserve Isaiah Jackson scored 17 points apiece for the Pacers, who lost for the seventh time in nine games.
Cavaliers 115, Bucks 99
Kevin Love and Cedi Osman scored 25 and 23 points off the bench, respectively, to lead Cleveland past visiting Milwaukee. Love, who also grabbed nine rebounds, sank five 3-pointers, and Osman added six more from beyond the arc. Osman entered the game having made just 1 of 20 attempts from 3-point range over his previous five games. Darius Garland celebrated his 22nd birthday by collecting 19 points and eight assists for Cleveland.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and nine rebounds in his return from a one-game absence caused by right knee soreness. Bobby Portis scored 22 points and Khris Middleton chipped in 21 for the Bucks.
Suns 105, Jazz 97
Devin Booker scored 43 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Phoenix increased its winning streak to eight with a victory over Utah in Salt Lake City.
Booker scored 21 points in the first quarter, helping the Suns take an early 21-point lead, and then took turns with teammate Chris Paul hitting clutch jumpers down the stretch to thwart Utah’s comeback attempt. Paul finished with 21 points.
Utah absorbed its second loss to Phoenix in three nights and fell for the ninth time in 11 games overall. Jordan Clarkson picked up some of the scoring slack for the Jazz, putting up 26 points and sinking six 3-pointers. Mike Conley contributed 16 points and 10 assists, while fill-in starting center Hassan Whiteside chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds.