The Golden State Warriors obviously have the NBA’s longest winning streak at 16 games, but the second-longest streak actually belongs to the Charlotte Hornets, who’ve won four games in a row after yet another huge fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
In the Hornets’ last game, they erased a huge fourth-quarter deficit against the Sacramento Kings and took home an overtime victory. Wednesday, Charlotte trailed by seven points heading into the fourth quarter before putting the hammer down on a Wizards squad that completely melted down.
The Hornets outscored the Wizards 27-6 in the fourth quarter, using a 25-0 run that spanned over nine minutes to take control of the game. Washington went 1-of-20 (!!!) in the frame, with the only field goal a Gary Neal jumper with 10:12 left. The Wizards went 0-of-17 with three turnovers on their final 19 possessions, and their six fourth-quarter points were a franchise low allowed by Charlotte in a quarter.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Lamb scored nine of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Hornets to the victory and a 9-6 record. Charlotte sits at sixth in the Eastern Conference and fourth in average point differential, so the newly-extended Steve Clifford has to be feeling good about where his team is at.