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Lamb, Zeller lift Hornets past Hawks 108-94

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets coach James Borrego told Jeremy Lamb before the season that the starting spot at shooting guard was his - as long as he earned it.

That was all Lamb needed to hear.

Lamb scored 22 points, Cody Zeller had a season-high 19 and Charlotte avenged a loss to Atlanta with a 108-94 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday night.

Lamb is taking advantage of his first real chance for a regular starting job in the NBA by scoring at least 18 points in seven of Charlotte's last eight games.

''It was huge,'' Lamb said of Borrego expressing confidence in him. ''You always want your coaches to believe in you, to trust you. He didn't just give me the spot. He told me I had to earn it. And that's what I am trying to do.''

Borrego was hired in May. The former San Antonio assistant felt a backcourt of former Connecticut stars Kemba Walker and Lamb could be ''dynamic'' in his offense.

The 6-foot-4 Lamb came into the league with a reputation as a shooter, but has been improving on getting to the rim and creating shots for himself. Borrego also liked Lamb's length.

''I thought he fit well next to Kemba,'' Borrego said. ''I thought he could play-make, but I didn't know to this level. I didn't know he could play off the bounce like this. To his credit, he's advanced and grown off the dribble.''

As for Lamb's recent scoring stretch, Borrego said: ''We're starting to expect this out of Lamb now, which is a good thing.''

The win helped the Hornets erase a bad memory from Sunday night when the Hawks snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 124-123 victory, with John Collins blocking Walker's shot at the buzzer.

There was no such drama this time around.

Charlotte (11-10) limited Atlanta to 34 percent shooting to move back above .500 on the season and improve to 8-3 at home.

Trae Young had 18 points for the Hawks, who were coming off a 115-113 win at Miami on Tuesday night.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Opened by making four of five shots from beyond the 3-point arc but finished the game 11 of 44.

Hornets: Malik Monk left in the second half with a quad contusion. ... Frank Kaminsky continued to see extensive minutes off the bench ahead of Willy Hernangomez. Kaminsky finished with eight points on 3-for-9 shooting.

WALKER'S OFF NIGHT

Walker, who came in averaging 27.9 points per game, finished with 19 points while battling through an off shooting night. He was 6 of 19 from the field and 6 of 10 from the foul line.

''Anytime you have a player like Kemba, he's hard to scheme,'' Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. ''But when he has an off night you have to take advantage of it. For them, they did. He still played well I thought. He just didn't have the explosive Kemba Walker-type of night.''

PLAYING THROUGH ZELLER

With the Hornets struggling offensively early on, they began playing through the 7-foot Zeller.

''The way they guard us, they create a lot of one-on-one matchups so we start to play through our bigs a lot,'' Borrego said. ''Cody got to the rim some, was playmaking. A lot of our stuff tonight was playmaking through the five-man.''

ANDERSON RETURNS

Atlanta shooting guard Justin Anderson returned after missing time with a leg injury. He scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

''It obviously feels good for me having had the game taken away from me for about six months, being able to get back out there and everything for me, just competing,'' Anderson said. ''Obviously it wasn't the result that we wanted, but we hung in there and we fought.''

UP NEXT

Hawks: Visit the Thunder on Friday night.

Hornets: Host the Jazz on Friday night.

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Key Players
T. Young
11 PG
K. Walker
15 PG
35.1 Min. Per Game 35.1
27.9 Pts. Per Game 27.9
6.5 Ast. Per Game 6.5
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
38.3 Field Goal % 44.3
38.3 Three Point % 44.5
83.3 Free Throw % 84.1
+ 2 Justin Anderson made dunk, assist by Kevin Huerter 0:18
  Lost ball turnover on Devonte' Graham, stolen by Justin Anderson 0:19
+ 2 Justin Anderson made layup, assist by Daniel Hamilton 0:34
+ 2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made dunk, assist by Dwayne Bacon 0:45
+ 2 Daniel Hamilton made driving layup 1:00
+ 2 Devonte' Graham made driving layup 1:14
  Defensive rebound by Willy Hernangomez 1:19
  Defensive rebound by DeAndre' Bembry 1:30
  Miles Bridges missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:34
  Defensive rebound by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 1:51
  Justin Anderson missed dunk 1:52
Team Stats
Points 94 108
Field Goals 32-93 (34.4%) 38-83 (45.8%)
3-Pointers 11-44 (25.0%) 4-20 (20.0%)
Free Throws 19-22 (86.4%) 28-37 (75.7%)
Total Rebounds 62 56
Offensive 16 5
Defensive 38 39
Team 8 12
Assists 20 20
Steals 11 15
Blocks 8 5
Turnovers 19 14
Fouls 25 21
Technicals 2 0
18 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
19 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Hawks 5-17 2821261994
home team logo Hornets 11-10 24313122108
Team Stats
away team logo Hawks 5-17 107.9 PPG 43.8 RPG 24.7 APG
home team logo Hornets 11-10 113.9 PPG 43.8 RPG 23.9 APG
Key Players
T. Young PG 15.7 PPG 2.7 RPG 7.3 APG 38.2 FG%
J. Lamb SG 15.0 PPG 5.5 RPG 1.7 APG 45.1 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Young PG 18 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
J. Lamb SG 22 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
34.4 FG% 45.8
25.0 3PT FG% 20.0
86.4 FT% 75.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Young 28 18 3 4 2 1 5 1 7/19 3/9 1/1 1 2 27 -6
T. Waller-Prince 20 12 3 1 1 1 1 5 5/8 2/4 0/0 0 3 18 -5
K. Huerter 33 12 5 4 0 0 2 3 4/9 4/7 0/0 2 3 23 -1
D. Dedmon 20 9 7 0 3 0 1 4 4/9 1/5 0/0 2 5 18 +1
J. Collins 31 9 10 4 1 0 3 2 3/10 0/3 3/3 2 8 25 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Young 28 18 3 4 2 1 5 1 7/19 3/9 1/1 1 2 27 -6
T. Waller-Prince 20 12 3 1 1 1 1 5 5/8 2/4 0/0 0 3 18 -5
K. Huerter 33 12 5 4 0 0 2 3 4/9 4/7 0/0 2 3 23 -1
D. Dedmon 20 9 7 0 3 0 1 4 4/9 1/5 0/0 2 5 18 +1
J. Collins 31 9 10 4 1 0 3 2 3/10 0/3 3/3 2 8 25 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Anderson 16 10 8 1 1 0 0 3 5/11 0/3 0/0 4 4 21 -8
K. Bazemore 24 8 5 3 1 3 1 0 0/10 0/6 8/10 2 3 22 -14
D. Bembry 25 8 5 1 1 0 4 4 3/8 1/2 1/2 0 5 12 -16
O. Spellman 21 4 6 1 1 2 2 3 0/4 0/3 4/4 3 3 13 -13
V. Carter 9 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0/3 0/2 2/2 0 1 4 -9
D. Hamilton 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 +3
M. Plumlee 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +4
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Len - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Adams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Dorsey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 94 54 20 11 8 19 25 32/93 11/44 19/22 16 38 188 -70
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Lamb 31 22 5 0 1 0 0 5 6/12 1/2 9/9 0 5 28 +5
K. Walker 33 19 4 3 4 1 3 3 6/19 1/6 6/10 0 4 31 +8
C. Zeller 23 19 5 2 0 2 3 2 7/9 0/0 5/6 3 2 27 -2
N. Batum 33 13 6 3 2 1 2 1 4/8 0/2 5/6 1 5 26 +8
M. Williams 21 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/2 0 6 7 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Lamb 31 22 5 0 1 0 0 5 6/12 1/2 9/9 0 5 28 +5
K. Walker 33 19 4 3 4 1 3 3 6/19 1/6 6/10 0 4 31 +8
C. Zeller 23 19 5 2 0 2 3 2 7/9 0/0 5/6 3 2 27 -2
N. Batum 33 13 6 3 2 1 2 1 4/8 0/2 5/6 1 5 26 +8
M. Williams 21 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/2 0 6 7 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Bridges 20 9 3 2 3 0 1 1 4/8 0/3 1/2 1 2 18 +10
F. Kaminsky 19 8 6 2 2 0 2 2 3/9 2/5 0/0 0 6 18 +19
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 15 8 6 1 2 0 0 4 3/5 0/0 2/2 0 6 18 +8
T. Parker 19 6 0 3 0 0 2 0 3/6 0/0 0/0 0 0 10 +15
D. Graham 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 -2
M. Monk 7 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 10 +4
W. Hernangomez 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -2
D. Bacon 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 +2
B. Biyombo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Chealey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Macura - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 108 44 20 15 5 14 21 38/83 4/20 28/37 5 39 198 +70