Gordon Hayward scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half and the Charlotte Hornets came back from an 18-point, second-quarter deficit to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-110 in the NBA on Friday night.
The game marked the first time brothers Lonzo and LaMelo Ball – both top-three draft choices within the past four years – played against one another.
LaMelo Ball, picked third overall in 2020, had the better night, nearly notching a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
“He was free and easy out there, kind of what we expect now,” Hornets coach James Borrego said of LaMelo’s performance.
“He’s not fazed by the moment.”
Although the Ball brothers were matched up only intermittently, LaMelo hit a three with his brother guarding him and also blocked his brother’s driving layup.
Lonzo, a second overall draft pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017, missed six of seven three-point shots and finished with five points.
“It was cool to be out there with him,” LaMelo said.
“Whenever we win, I feel it works out great.”
Miles Bridges scored 20 points and Devonte Graham had 17 for the victorious Hornets (4-5), who didn’t take their first lead until the fourth quarter.
“I’ll keep using the word resiliency,” Borrego added.
“It speaks volumes about their character more than anything. I love that they don’t give in.
“Even in that fourth quarter as that game got tight, there was no panic.”
Zion Williamson scored 26 points and Josh Hart had 19 for the Pelicans, who’ve lost three straight, all at home.
“There is some frustration because I just want to win,” Williamson said of the recent skid.
“We’ve got to hold ourselves accountable for those types of losses, whether it’s the turnovers, whether it’s the lack of rotation, communication.”
Brandon Ingram added 17 points but was three-of-ten shooting, while JJ Redick also scored 17 for New Orleans (4-5), hitting four threes.