Dwight Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds, including a key block at the end of regulation and a crucial offensive rebound in overtime, in the Charlotte Hornets’ 129-124 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added a driving layup and Lamb buried a jumper from just beyond the foul line to push the lead to six with 1:24 remaining. But the big basket came when Lamb shot an air-ball on a 3-pointer and Howard grabbed the ball out of the air and laid it in to beat the shot clock.
The Wizards had allowed just 100 points in their previous seven games, but the Hornets shot 47 percent from the field.
Hornets guard Nic Batum left the game in the second quarter with a left elbow contusion and did not return. Batum missed the first 12 games of season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the same elbow.
If Batum is unable to go, Lamb would return to the starting lineup and rookie Malik Monk would likely see additional playing time. Fans began chanting “we want Monk” in the fourth quarter with the Hornets trailing by five points.
The NFL announced before Sunday’s Raiders-Patriots game in Mexico City that the league reached an agreement to continue playing one regular-season game a year in Mexico through 2021.
On Monday, Pats coach Bill Belichick, appearing on WEEI in Boston, said he isn’t exactly eager for his team to go back:
“Personally, I wouldn’t be in any big rush to do it again. It’s a long way to go for a game. There’s a lot to it in terms of all the logistics of it. They are not used to having a NFL team so you have to go in there and handle a lot of the logistics. It took a lot of manpower, a lot of hours, a lot of energy out of our organization to do that. This week, we’re tired. We are exhausted from the trip. It was a good trip, but it took a lot out of us I think.