Karl-Anthony Cities scored a franchise-record 62 factors, together with 44 within the first half, however the Charlotte Hornets erased an 18-point deficit and shocked the Minnesota Timberwolves 128-125 on Monday night time.
Cities managed simply 4 factors on 2-for-10 taking pictures within the fourth quarter, when the Timberwolves have been outscored 36-18. He thought he was fouled on a drive to the basket within the closing seconds and Minnesota trailing by one, then was quick on a 3-point try on the ultimate possession.
Miles Bridges scored 28 factors and Brandon Miller had 27 for the Hornets. Leaky Black ripped the ball away from Cities on his method to the basket to protect the Hornets’ tenth victory of the season.
Charlotte went forward for good at 122-121 on P.J. Washington‘s floater with 3:21 remaining. LaMelo Ball added 18 factors for the Hornets, who had misplaced seven of their previous eight video games and had the Jap Convention‘s third-worst mark getting into Monday.
Cities hit 10 three-pointers…nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient
Cities completed 21 for 35 from the ground, together with 10 for 15 from 3-point vary, and now owns the highest three scoring outputs within the Wolves‘ 35-year historical past.
The Wolves ran an isolation search for Cities with 12 seconds left, however Black blocked his driving layup try then hit a pair of free throws on the different finish.
Cities’ desperation 3 inside the ultimate second ensured the twenty first time in NBA historical past a participant has scored 60 or extra factors in a loss.
Ball returned after a one-game absence on account of a sore proper ankle. He had missed 20 video games earlier than taking part in in 4 straight then sitting out the Hornets’ 97-89 loss towards Philadelphia on Saturday.
The short-handed Hornets once more deployed an undersized entrance court docket, with 6-foot-7 heart Washington beginning for the injured Nick Richards (proper ankle sprain). Heart Mark Williams and ahead Gordon Hayward proceed to recuperate from a decrease again harm and left calf pressure, respectively.
Ahead Cody Martin additionally missed Monday’s sport with a proper knee contusion.