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By the numbers: Hornets get franchise-record 158 points over Pacers, sweep season series


Wednesday night’s game (Jan. 26) at Indiana was the fourth and final game of the season series between the Hornets and Pacers.

Judging from the previous three games, decided by a combined 12 points, this was going to be a close and competitive fight. However, the visitors had other ideas and unleashed the showdown with an offensive night for the record books.

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Winning by a 32-point margin, Charlotte swept the season series against Indiana by just the second time in franchise history and the first since the 2015-16 season.

With their dominant performance at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the Hornets set and broke multiple records. Here’s a look at all the main ones:

158: Franchise Record Point Count

At the final buzzer, the Hornets had finished with a franchise-record scoring total of 158 points.

Over the course of the game, the team averaged nearly 40 points per quarter as they did most of their damage in the second half.

The total was the most scored by the Hornets in regulation time since 1993 when they accumulated 141 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Overall, including overtime, the 158 points is 15 more than the previous franchise record the team posted in Houston on Nov. 26, 2021.

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45: The plus-minus of LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball played 38 minutes, recording his fourth triple-double of the season while shooting the ball with remarkable efficiency: 11 of 16 from the field, 3 of 4 from the ground from 3 points and 4 of 5 from the free throw line.

That said, the standout number from his stat line was his +45 plus-minus with the next closest member of the Hornets registering a +27.

In terms of triple-doubles, he is now tied with Anthony Mason for the most triple-doubles in a single Hornets season. Overall, his five career triple-doubles is tied for second in franchise history with Nic Batum and Larry Johnson. He now just follows Mason’s count of seven.

10: Triples by Kelly Oubre Jr.

While the starters, led by Ball, combined for 89 points, the Hornets’ bench was led by Kelly Oubre Jr., who scored 39 of the reserves’ 69 points.

The 39 points, just one of the highest of his career, included 10 3-pointers in just 15 attempts. The 10 made 3-pointers tied a franchise record for a player and helps him become the fifth bench player in NBA history knock down at least 10 3s.

Here’s a look at his shot chart, there’s sure to be a lot of green there.

(Stats from NBA.com)

His 10 3-pointers were a huge part of the team. tying a franchise record of 24 three-pointers for the game. Having scored 37 in November 2021, he becomes the first player in Hornets history to have multiple games of 35 or more off the bench.

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