The Charlotte Hornets throttled the Indiana Pacers 158-126 on Wednesday night in Indianapolis.
Yes, 158 points- that’s a Hornets franchise record, shattering a previous record of 141 regulation points scored in Nov. 1993 (they scored 143 in an overtime loss earlier this season). It’s also the highest point total for an NBA team this season.
Charlotte scored 87 points in the second half, the most second-half points by any NBA team since Jan. 1991. They made 24 three-pointers, tying a franchise record.
And Kelly Oubre — who didn’t even start the game — scored a career-high 39 points, while making a franchise record-tying 10 three-pointers (also a career-high for Oubre).
LaMelo Ball continued his excellence with a triple-double: 29 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds. He was also a game-high plus-minus of +45.
And then there’s the other side: it was a historically brutal defensive effort from the Indiana Pacers, who allowed the most points since they joined the NBA.
Here’s how the NBA world reacted to the game on social media:
That's … that's a lot of Hornets records 😳 pic.twitter.com/4kSVy2pi5a
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) January 27, 2022
LaMelo Ball tonight:
PLUS FORTY FIVE. The next closest Hornet was +27. pic.twitter.com/LVYis6EKeR
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 27, 2022
Players with 5+ triple-doubles before turning 21:
— Bally Sports: Hornets (@HornetsOnBally) January 27, 2022
excuse me? Are those American points or is Indiana on the metric system? pic.twitter.com/IHpQgwnwZl
— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) January 27, 2022
LOL LOOK HOW SMALL THE PACERS ADMIN MADE THE FINAL SCORE😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/YNtWML3iCE
— Mason💛💙 (@masonyo25) January 27, 2022
24: On the anniversary of Kobe Bryant's death, the #Hornets hit 24 three-pointers to tie the franchise record.
— Rod Boone (@rodboone) January 27, 2022
The Hornets after losing the play-in game to the Pacers pic.twitter.com/7QliNIRCRe
— Buzz (27-22) (@buzz_szn) January 27, 2022
The Pacers are 0-4 against the Hornets since the Play-In Tournament. pic.twitter.com/962VeIhZSa
— israel (@iohandles) January 27, 2022
the hornets looking at the pacers defense while dropping 158 points pic.twitter.com/I6gHlMrPft
— buckets (@buckets) January 27, 2022
The Hornets-Pacers box score broke my brain
— Bruno Passos (@bouncepassos) January 27, 2022