Hornets 100, Grizzlies 95
Mar. 15, 2001
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Jamal Mashburn had 23 points and David Wesley added 20 to lead six Charlotte players in double figures as the Hornets held off Vancouver 100-95 Wednesday night.
The Hornets opened an 80-70 lead when Mashburn hit his third straight jumper of the fourth quarter with 9:13 left. The Grizzlies narrowed Charlotte's advantage to 89-84 on Shareef Abdur-Rahim's driving layup with 3:43 left, but the Hornets ran off seven straight points to clinch the victory.
Abdur-Rahim paced the Grizzlies with 23 points, followed by Mike Bibby with 22 and Michael Dickerson with 20.
After trailing by 10 early in the first quarter, Charlotte rallied behind Wesley and Mashburn to lead 58-52 at the half. Wesley scored six of his 13 first-half points in the final 3:06 of the second quarter after the Grizzlies took their last lead of the game at 47-46 on Bibby's 3-pointer from 29 feet with 4:17 left.
Mashburn picked up his second foul with 8:17 left in the first quarter and sat for the rest of the period, but he returned to score all 10 of his first-half points in the second quarter.
With a 6-0 run fueled by two jumpers from Bibby, the Grizzlies tied the game at 66 with 4:05 left in the third period. But Charlotte responded with a 8-2 spurt to close the quarter and led 74-68 on Eddie Robinson's alley-oop dunk with 1.1 seconds left.
Notes: The Hornets continue to flourish with Derrick Coleman on the sidelines. Charlotte is 11-2 since Coleman went on the injured list for the second time this season. Overall, the Hornets are 12-22 when he plays, 26-5 when he doesn't. ... Charlotte avenged a 99-89 loss at Vancouver on Jan. 3, the Grizzlies' only victory in 10 meetings dating to 1995. Vancouver remains the only NBA team never to have beaten the Hornets on their home court.