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Howard, Hornets rally to beat Wizards 129-124 in overtime

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets keep finding ways to win at home.

Now if Dwight Howard and his teammates can figure out how to win away from Charlotte they might become a very dangerous team.

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 Hornets' 129-124 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

The Hornets improved to 7-2 at home. But they're still below .500 overall because of a 1-7 road record.

''We love playing at home,'' Howard said. ''Thank you, Charlotte. That energy in the building is what keeps us going. But now we need that same energy on the road.''

There was plenty of energy in the Spectrum Center as the Hornets rallied from a 9-point deficit with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said ''nine points in this league - as good as these guys are- is not that big of a deal.''

The Hornets battled back behind the gritty play of Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb, who each finished with 24 points.

Walker made a driving layup with 17 seconds left and then added two free throws with 2 seconds remaining to tie it. Howard blocked Beal's baseline jumper at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.

Charlotte carried the momentum into the extra period with Walker knocking down a leaning 3-pointer from the top of the key after a scramble for a loose ball. Lamb followed with a block and a coast-to-coast layup for a 5-point lead.

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 Howard grabbed air-ball from Lamb out of the air and laid it in to beat the shot clock.

''We had the game won,'' said John Wall, who had 31 points and 11 assists to lead the Wizards. ''Give them a lot of credit because they are a team that never stops fighting for sure. They just came and took the game from us.''

TIP- INS

Wizards: Shot 11 of 33 from 3-point range. ... Were outrebounded 31-19 after halftime.

Hornets: Scored 129 points against a Wizards team that had allowed 100 points in just one of their previous seven games. ... Made 15 of 17 foul shots in the first half and 33 of 40 for the game.

BATUM RE-INJURES ELBOW: 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 ligament in the same elbow.

Clifford offered no update on Batum's injury.

If Batum is unable to go, Lamb would return to the starting lineup and rookie Malik Monk would likely see additional playing time.

CAN'T SILENCE THE LAMB: Along with the steal and layup in overtime, Lamb made some big shots for the Hornets with Batum out of the game. That's become par for the course this year.

Lamb is averaging 16 points per game this season, while shooting a career-best 41.3 percent from 3-point range. He's never averaged more than 10 points per game in his previous five seasons and never shot better than 35.6 percent from beyond the arc.

''I just try to make plays,'' Lamb said. ''Kemba has a lot on his shoulders the whole game so I try to help him on the offensive end at the end of the game because they trap him and I'm left open so I just try to knock down those shots.''

UP NEXT

Wizards: Host Portland on Wednesday night.

Hornets: At Cleveland on Friday night.

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Key Players
B. Beal
3 G
K. Walker
15 G
34.9 Min. Per Game 34.9
22.9 Pts. Per Game 22.9
6.3 Ast. Per Game 6.3
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
47.1 Field Goal % 44.5
47.9 Three Point % 44.9
81.9 Free Throw % 88.4
+ 2 John Wall made floating jump shot 0:07
  8-second violation turnover 0:22
  Bad pass turnover on Otto Porter, stolen by Michael Carter-Williams 0:22
+ 1 Frank Kaminsky made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:38
+ 1 Frank Kaminsky made 1st of 2 free throws 0:38
  Personal foul on Bradley Beal 0:38
  Out of bounds turnover on Bradley Beal 0:42
+ 2 Dwight Howard made dunk 0:54
  Offensive rebound by Dwight Howard 0:54
  Jeremy Lamb missed jump shot 0:55
+ 3 Otto Porter made 3-pt. jump shot 1:18
Team Stats
Points 124 129
Field Goals 48-99 (48.5%) 43-91 (47.3%)
3-Pointers 11-33 (33.3%) 10-28 (35.7%)
Free Throws 17-22 (77.3%) 33-40 (82.5%)
Total Rebounds 51 60
Offensive 9 14
Defensive 34 34
Team 8 12
Assists 25 23
Steals 4 5
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 12 11
Fouls 29 20
Technicals 0 1
31 PTS, 1 REB, 11 AST
26 PTS, 13 REB, 3 AST
1234OTT
away team logo Wizards 10-8 2633292610124
home team logo Hornets 8-9 2530293015129
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 10-8 107.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.3 APG
home team logo Hornets 8-9 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Wall G 19.4 PPG 3.7 RPG 9.6 APG 42.0 FG%
D. Howard C PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Wall G 31 PTS 1 REB 11 AST
D. Howard C 26 PTS 13 REB 3 AST
48.5 FG% 47.3
33.3 3PT FG% 35.7
77.3 FT% 82.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Wall 41 31 1 11 1 1 1 4 13/26 0/5 5/6 1 0 55 -2
B. Beal 40 22 4 2 2 1 3 2 7/22 3/8 5/7 1 3 30 -12
M. Morris 34 14 8 1 0 1 2 3 6/10 1/3 1/1 1 7 23 -10
O. Porter 27 12 4 1 0 0 1 3 4/9 2/3 2/2 0 4 17 -10
M. Gortat 36 8 11 3 0 2 1 3 4/4 0/0 0/0 3 8 26 -11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Wall 41 31 1 11 1 1 1 4 13/26 0/5 5/6 1 0 55 -2
B. Beal 40 22 4 2 2 1 3 2 7/22 3/8 5/7 1 3 30 -12
M. Morris 34 14 8 1 0 1 2 3 6/10 1/3 1/1 1 7 23 -10
O. Porter 27 12 4 1 0 0 1 3 4/9 2/3 2/2 0 4 17 -10
M. Gortat 36 8 11 3 0 2 1 3 4/4 0/0 0/0 3 8 26 -11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Scott 18 13 4 0 0 0 1 3 5/7 3/5 0/0 0 4 16 +5
J. Meeks 14 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 4/9 0/5 1/2 0 0 13 +13
K. Oubre 23 9 4 1 0 0 1 4 3/9 1/3 2/2 1 3 14 -1
T. Frazier 11 3 2 3 0 1 2 2 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 2 10 -3
I. Mahinmi 16 3 5 1 1 0 0 5 1/2 0/0 1/2 2 3 11 +6
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Satoransky - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 124 43 25 4 6 12 29 48/99 11/33 17/22 9 34 215 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Howard 37 26 13 3 0 1 2 2 10/13 0/0 6/10 5 8 44 +1
K. Walker 40 24 5 5 0 0 2 2 8/22 3/8 5/6 2 3 37 +6
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 36 12 7 2 1 1 0 2 6/11 0/0 0/1 3 4 25 +11
M. Williams 30 12 4 4 1 0 0 1 3/7 2/5 4/4 2 2 25 +17
N. Batum 13 2 3 1 0 0 0 2 1/6 0/3 0/0 0 3 7 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Howard 37 26 13 3 0 1 2 2 10/13 0/0 6/10 5 8 44 +1
K. Walker 40 24 5 5 0 0 2 2 8/22 3/8 5/6 2 3 37 +6
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 36 12 7 2 1 1 0 2 6/11 0/0 0/1 3 4 25 +11
M. Williams 30 12 4 4 1 0 0 1 3/7 2/5 4/4 2 2 25 +17
N. Batum 13 2 3 1 0 0 0 2 1/6 0/3 0/0 0 3 7 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Lamb 37 24 7 5 0 3 1 5 9/17 3/8 3/3 0 7 43 +26
F. Kaminsky 22 12 5 2 0 0 2 1 3/7 0/2 6/6 1 4 19 -8
M. Carter-Williams 18 11 0 0 3 0 2 1 2/4 2/2 5/6 0 0 12 -15
C. Zeller 15 4 3 1 0 0 1 1 0/2 0/0 4/4 1 2 8 +4
D. Bacon 12 2 1 0 0 0 1 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 2 -4
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. O'Bryant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Monk - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 129 48 23 5 5 11 20 43/91 10/28 33/40 14 34 222 +25