The Charlotte Hornets galloped to a resounding win against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. This 114-104 victory over the Raptors gave the Hornets their third win on the trot. Rookie LaMelo Ball outshone the others in this game, scoring 23 points and racking up 9 rebounds during the course of the game.
LaMelo spoke to Ashley ShahAhmadi after the game about the team’s performance. Talking about the team, he said, “We all know what we can do. When we put our talents together, sky’s the limit.” Apart from that the 19-year-old, Terry Rozier and Devonte Graham also played their part in keeping the Raptors at bay. They both scored 17 points in this match.
LaMelo Ball talks about his performance on the court:
In the post-game chat, Ball described what went on his mind through the match. He said, “I pretty much came out with the right mindset. In the game just after the All-Star break, I was a little sluggish. I knew I had to come back this game and get it right. That’s what I tried to do.”
Coach James Borrego was happy about his team bouncing back from the close game against the Pistons. He said, “There’s no question our guys felt that energy before the game. It felt like NBA basketball was back tonight. Our players felt it and they played off it. It’s a credit to the energy our fans brought.”
LaMelo Ball leads the pack in the NBA Rookie Ladder at the moment. In a season where the draft was not as star-studded compared to recent years, Ball has held his own. He is averaging 15.7 points per game this season, along with 6.4 assists per game.
🕺🏽 Led All Rookies in Points & Assists per Game
💕 Career-High 34-Point Game
🛸 8 20-Point Games
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) March 2, 2021
There is no doubt about the fact that his performance has impacted the hornets as they are challengers for the playoffs, the first time in years. Legends like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson have also come out and praised him in the media.
The Charlotte Hornets are sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. At the moment, they are well in contention for the playoffs. Moreover, this was the first game in Charlotte where the general public was allowed to attend. Some 3000 spectators thronged the stands, urging their team on all the way.
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