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Lamb’s jumper sparks Hornets in wild win over Pistons

Hornets win, lift record to 14-13

Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) hugs Jeremy Lamb after Lamb’s go-ahead and eventual game-winning basket against the Detroit Pistons during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Charlotte won 108-107. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

By Steve Reed

AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE (AP) — The Hornets celebrated too soon and then weren’t sure if they’d be celebrating at all. Meanwhile, team owner Michael Jordan chewed out one of his own players.

Jeremy Lamb’s first NBA buzzer-beater was no ordinary game-winning shot.

Lamb knocked down a 22-foot jumper from the right wing with 0.3 seconds left, and then had to wait and see if it counted after the Hornets were assessed a technical foul for having too many players on the floor. The basket was upheld and the Hornets escaped with at 108-107 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night after trailing by 10 late in the fourth quarter.

As Lamb thrust out his chest and yelled and the crowd erupted with screams, officials quickly blew the whistle and gathered at the scorer’s table to check the replay monitor.

Replays showed Malik Monk and later Bismack Biyombo had come off the bench and run several yards onto the floor in anticipation of Lamb making the shot at the other end.

“I thought they were going to call like three techs, get three free throws — something like that,” Lamb said.

As Monk, a second-year player from Kentucky, retreated to the bench, he got chewed out by Jordan, a six-time NBA champion who was sitting at the end of the bench. Jordan playfully slapped at the back of his Monk’s head — twice. Monk smiled with a touch of embarrassment.

The Pistons, trailing by two at the time, were only given one technical foul shot — which they made. Detroit’s ensuing long inbounds pass was intercepted as time expired.

“My heart stopped for a second there,” said Hornets coach James Borrego, who said he had never seen that call made in professional basketball.

The Associated Press requested clarification on the call after the game, but the game officials had already left the arena and were unavailable for comment.

The Pistons weren’t upset over the ruling.

Detroit guard Langston Galloway was more irritated that the Pistons went almost six minutes without a field goal late in the fourth quarter, surrendered a 10-point lead and allowed Lamb to make the jumper on a simple drive-and-kick from Kemba Walker.

“I can’t get into the he-said, she-said,” Galloway said. “We just have to take away that basket and not allow him to get a good shot like that.”

Walker led the Charlotte comeback.

He finished with 31 points and had nine assists and eight rebounds for the Hornets, who won their third straight and moved into sixth place in the Eastern Conference — a half-game ahead of Detroit.

Blake Griffin had 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Pistons, who have lost six in a row.

Trailing by 10 with 6:23 left in the fourth quarter, Walker put his team on his shoulders.

Walker scored 11 of the game’s next 13 points to put the Hornets up 104-101 with 47 seconds left as part of a 13-0 Charlotte run. Walker was 4 of 18 from the field in the first three quarters, but was 4 of 7 in the fourth. Andre Drummond broke the nearly six-minute drought for Detroit when he answered with a three-point play in the low post to tie the game with 35 seconds left.

Both teams missed opportunities — including Griffin, who missed two free throws — before Lamb connected.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Reggie Jackson had 18 points for the Pistons. … Detroit out-rebounded Charlotte 49-42.

Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did not play for personal reasons. … Charlotte got a big lift off the bench in the first quarter from Willy Hernangomez, who had nine points in final four minutes as the Hornets built a 37-25 lead.

DOUBLING DOWN

The Hornets came up with a pair of turnovers against Griffin by doubling him in the low post and swatting the ball away.

“We were active,” Borrego said. “We had a swarming mentality.”

GUARDING KEMBA

Bruce Brown called Walker a “great player, a great scorer.”

“You just have to try to contain him,” Brown said. “He’s going to get his buckets some way, but you just have to try and hold him below his average and not foul him when he gets to the rim.”

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host the Celtics on Saturday night.

Hornets: Host the Knicks on Friday night.

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