Lakers vs. Hornets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Lakers vs. Hornets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Lakers vs. Hornets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Los Angeles Lakers (24-26) play against the Charlotte Hornets (22-22) at Spectrum Center

Game Time: 7:00 PM EST on Friday January 28, 2022

Los Angeles Lakers 114, Charlotte Hornets 117 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Nine days ago, Frank Vogel benched Russell Westbrook in crunch time. On Friday, he said he trusted Westbrook on a potential game-winner.
It was signs like that which made the Lakers feel that their loss to Charlotte actually saw them build: ocregister.com/2022/01/28/lak…12:33 AM
Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy
Clippers ran out of miracles in a 121-114 loss in Miami. They came from 23-down to get the attention of the Heat, but could not quite get there. Road trip stands at 3-3 with Charlotte and Indiana to come. – 11:56 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
“We just stuck with it and kept playing… There was a point there where I feel like we could have built on that lead. They have a bunch of veterans who know how to play… We didn’t give in and kept fighting.” – James Borrego
#AllFly | @HusqvarnaUSA11:54 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Best and worst from Sixers-Lakers: Matisse Thybulle’s stellar defense, Georges Niang’s clutch threes, classless fan and more inquirer.com/sixers/76ers-l… via @phillyinquirer – 11:42 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris lead 76ers past Lakers, 105-87 inquirer.com/sixers/76ers-j… via @phillyinquirer – 11:41 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
I know @Mike Trudell did a TV segment on it tonight, but postgame I asked Austin Reaves about his meme, in which he and LeBron were discussing an ATO: “It just caught me off guard. I didn’t realize I did it. But I definitely got in the locker room and the phone was blowing up.” – 11:37 PM
Kent Bazemore @24Bazemore
Chop wood, carry water.. – 11:29 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Russell Westbrook almost pulled it off solo tonight.
35 PTS
1 TOV
12-23 FG
3-7 3P
He had more points than the other 4 Lakers starters combined (22). pic.twitter.com/V6zMrAM2hk11:15 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Russell Westbrook on the tech issued to Miles Bridges: I think he was trying to say I was too small or something. And he and I know that ain’t the case. – 11:07 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Russell Westbrook: “I thought tonight was a good sign of our character.” – 11:06 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. joins us next. Jaren on being the first person to record back to back games with 6 blocks since Anthony Davis – “that’s cool…he’s a great player…shout out to Anthony Davis I guess…” – 11:02 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Austin Reaves on meme with LeBron: “I think it was just a big misunderstanding. … He just caught me off guard. … I thought it was funny.” – 10:54 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Frank Vogel made a point of praising Westbrook’s leadership in the first half when the game looked out of hand, talking a lot during huddles about coverages, schemes, where to screen, etc. Described him as “very determined tonight.” AK – 10:40 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel: “We were a frustrated team last night. You can become disconnected. I’ve seen it over the years.”
While the Lakers did not win, Vogel says he saw a lot of positive spirit and resilience from the group without LeBron and AD, and that the huddles were very passionate. – 10:40 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel says he “really wants to credit” Russell Westbrook for his leadership tonight. “He was very determined tonight.” – 10:39 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Miles: 26 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST
Ish: 22 PTS, 5 AST
LaMelo: 20 PTS, 7 REB
Terry: 20 PTS, 6 REB
PJ: 12 PTS, 3 REB
Mason: 8 PTS, 17 REB, 6 AST
#AllFly | @drpepper pic.twitter.com/TSkicmQiLX10:36 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Per Lakers PR: Russell Westbrook tonight became the first Laker with 30 points in a half since Kobe Bryant had 38 in the second half of his final game – 10:35 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Miami holds on for once against the Clippers, win 121-114. Gabe Vincent’s 3rd quarter too much for Clippers to overcome considering their own shooting woes (44.6% FGs, 9/35 – 25.7% 3s, 23/32 – 71.9% FTs)
Clippers will continue road trip in Charlotte for a matinee Sunday. – 10:35 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Great to have you back at the Hive @Malik Monk! 🤜🤛
#AllFly pic.twitter.com/uqDI9ypXmS10:35 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel said the Hornets switched on the actions that the Lakers ran on the final play; at that point, Vogel said he trusted “the hottest guy in the gym” to take the last shot with the clock ticking. – 10:34 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Tonight’s @HusqvarnaUSA Player of the Game is @Ish Smith!
#AllFly pic.twitter.com/a7Nx0HyEEH10:32 PM

Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
Having Ish Smith to be able to come out of the pen one of every ten games when you need him, and be consistently good, is a very underrated win from #Hornets FA last summer. – 10:27 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Lakers lose 117-114 in Charlotte after Russell Westbrook’s potential game-winning 3 misses. Westbrook, playing his first game as a Laker with neither LeBron or AD in the lineup, scored a season-high 35p on 12-of-23 shooting with 5a – 10:27 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Wonder what Miles Bridges said to Russell Westbrook after that 3 didn’t go. He had something to say at half court. – 10:25 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Appreciate the fight from this Lakers team tonight, but it wasn’t enough…Hornets over the Lakers 117-114…Russ 35pts (30 in the 2nd half), Melo 19pts 5rebs 5ast, Reaves 16pts 8rebs…
Next game for the LakeShow, in Atlanta on Sunday…
@ESPNLosAngeles10:24 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Final: Hornets 117, Lakers 114.
LAL battled back from 20 down in the 3rd Q to have a chance to tie or win the game in the final seconds, but Westbrook missed a 3 with 0.7 seconds left.
He’d scored 16 of his 35 points in the 4th Q before that miss, and finished 3 of 7 from 3. – 10:24 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
PHEW. 😅 That’s a W!
#AllFly | @NewAmsterdam pic.twitter.com/SLYBcnXGe510:24 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
Russell Westbrook tried to go for the win and came up short. pic.twitter.com/HPPaQ8cZ0S10:23 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Perhaps he got hurt or something – I wasn’t watching – but when you need or want a 3 at the end of a game, why in the world wouldn’t Wayne Ellington be on the floor? – 10:23 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Final: Hornets 117, Lakes 114
Russell Westbrook’s game-winning 3-point attempt misses. The Lakers fall to 24-26 at the 50-game mark. They’re 2-3 on their six-game road trip. Westbrook had a season-high 35 points — including 30 in the second half.
Up next: at Atlanta on Sunday. – 10:23 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Final: #Hornets 117, Lakers 114
Miles Bridges 26 pts, 8 rebs, 6 ast
Ish Smith 22 pts, 5 ast
LaMelo 20 pts, 7 rebs, 3 ast
Terry Rozier 20 pts, 7 rebs
Up next: vs. LA Clippers on Sunday – 10:22 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
And of course Westbrook refuses to drive with the Lakers down 2 in that spot. Yes, he made a couple of 3s late, but he can’t settle for that shot. – 10:21 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Deep breaths, y’all. Deep breaths. – 10:19 PM
Frank Isola @TheFrankIsola
Ya think Michael Jordan was fierce competitor as a player. Here he is after the Lakers made it a one point game… pic.twitter.com/lJk3gw4y4W10:19 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Russ leaving it all out on the court. pic.twitter.com/7HNP0DSMZn10:19 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
LaMelo Ball misses the second FT. Rebound Stanley Johnson. Timeout Lakers, who are down by two points with 9.3 seconds left. – 10:19 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
LaMelo angling for a SAG award… BK – 10:18 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Russ didn’t just foul LaMelo Ball; he bowled him over. – 10:17 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
The 2nd half right now is the 2016-17 version of Russell Westbrook.
But here’s the issue
Russ + role players = ⭐️
Russ + All-Stars = 😡 – 10:16 PM
J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
National announcers gotta stop avoid criticizing Westbrook by saying, “He plays hard. He earns his money.” It’s not about that. It’s about playing smart. He’s feeling it tonight, but no one, not even his most fierce detractor, believes he doesn’t play hard. C’mon – 10:16 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
It’s my night off. I’m trying to watch The Incredibles. The Lakers have other ideas. – 10:15 PM
Chris Miller @cmillsnbcs
I’m enjoying @Russell Westbrook and @Ish Smith putting on a show in Charlotte in front of MJ. – 10:15 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
The “let’s sit AD and Bron tonight and try to build up Westbrook’s trade value so the Knicks might be dumb enough to trade for him” strategy is going great for the Lakers right now. – 10:15 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Russell Westbrook has a season-high 35 points (12-21 FGs, 3-6 3PT, 8-10 FTs) tonight. – 10:14 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Just your classic “Russell Westbrook vs. Ish Smith” game. AK – 10:14 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Westbrook has 10 straight points (35 total) here to keep LAL alive, but Ish Smith’s 9th and 10th FG’s in 12 attempts have Charlotte still up 3 with 52.8 seconds to play.
Russ has 16 points in the 4th Q. – 10:13 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Ish Smith is out here hoopin hoopin in Charlotte right now. 20 points on 9/11 shooting. – 10:12 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Tough call on THT. He was whistled for a blocking foul on Bridges, who bowled him over before finishing what ends up being an and-1 after Vogel’s challenge is deemed unsuccessful.
As such, CHA goes up 111-102 with 2:37 to play. – 10:10 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Lakers lose the challenge. And-1 opportunity for Miles Bridges. – 10:10 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Melo actually pointed Stanley Johnson to the middle spot to screen for Russ, who noticed, and was patient. Nice bit of team-wide communication to help get Russ to the line. AK – 10:09 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Cody Martin fouls out with 2:55 remaining. #Hornets are even thinner now. – 10:08 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Just brought to my attention by a follower: Carmelo Anthony scored his 28,000th point on that technical free throw. – 10:05 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Reaves has found a nice rhythm tonight, but just rimmed out on a 3-point attempt that would have brought LAL within 1. He’s now 6 for 12 in the game, and 2 for 6 from 3.
LAL trail 105-101 with 3:31 to play. – 10:04 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
I never thought Austin Reaves would Wally Pipp BOTH LeBron and A.D., but here we are. BK – 10:02 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Miles was just whistled for a technical foul for arguing a foul call. #Hornets clinging to a 105-101 lead after Carmelo Anthony makes the free throw. – 10:01 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Miles Bridges hit with a tech. That’s a tough one, as Melo sinks it and makes it a 4-point game with 4:22 left. – 10:01 PM
Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
Charlotte finally loads up defensively v. Westbrook and makes him see multiple bodies on the drive, following the explosive 3Q from Russ. Small-ball unit w/ PJW at 5 should be a good fix on both ends to get #Hornets to the finish line. – 9:58 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Tough sequence that sees Rozier fouled on a 3-point attempt, Russ blocked on a jumper near the rim, and Martin finish a driving layup over Reaves. It’s 101-91, Hornets with 6:11 left. – 9:55 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Go to work @Ish Smith 💪
#AllFly | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/YYdKybQH9f9:52 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Remember in “Major League” when the manager makes Willy Mays Hayes do pushups every time he pops up? Vogel needs to do that with Ariza every time he passes up a shot to drive with no intention of ever looking to score. AK – 9:47 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Most games with 3+ steals by a rookie in Pelicans history:
Chris Paul – 28
Anthony Davis – 10
Herb Jones – 10 – 9:47 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Russ, Melo at the scorer’s table getting set to check in. – 9:45 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
If the Lakers ever needed THT to look like the dude they signed him to be, it’s the top of this fourth quarter without Russ. AK – 9:43 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL entered the 3rd Q trailing by 16, then 20 … before a big run over the final 9 minutes.
Charlotte’s intensity waned, and LAL took advantage. The deficit is just 2, at 87-85.
Westbrook’s up to 19 points, with subs ‘Melo going for 18, Reaves 10 and Bazemore 13. – 9:39 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Let’s lock this W in. 🔒
#AllFly | @AthleticBrewing pic.twitter.com/SmWwKsPDOG9:39 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Melo pulls the #LakeShow to within 4 👌 pic.twitter.com/CsXWQgUdPe9:38 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Third quarter: Hornets 87, Lakers 85
After trailing by 16 points at halftime, the Lakers rallied to make this a game in the fourth. Russell Westbrook has 19 points and 5 assists. Carmelo Anthony has 18 points. The Lakers are +12 without a traditional center on the floor. – 9:38 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
End of 3rd Q: #Hornets 87, Lakers 85 – 9:37 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
That was such a long stretch of minutes for Melo to start the half. Wonder how the team holds up with Ariza swapping in. He had some OK stretches in the first half. – 9:35 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
WHY LEBRON JAMES AND ANTHONY DAVIS ARE ANCHORS FOR THE LAKERS AND THEY’RE BETTER WITHOUT THEM MY COLUMN… BK – 9:34 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Tie game on a shot by Austin Reaves. – 9:33 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Westbrook and ‘Melo have led a comeback that has LAL, suddenly, within 1 point with 2:11 left in the 3rd Q after an and-1 from Russ.
They trailed 73-53 early in the 3rd Q, and it’s now 82-21. – 9:32 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Some fan sitting next to Da Baby is getting the Lakers riled up. Feels like a purple shirt guy moment. Carmelo Anthony said something to him after he drained a a 3-pointer to cut the #Hornets lead to 82-78. DeAndre Jordan was barking at him during a timeout. – 9:31 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
I’m not even sure if the Lakers are so much playing demonstrably better as just with more energy and shots actually going down for the starters, but whatever the reason, this is suddenly a game. AK – 9:31 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Carmelo Anthony’s 3 cuts the Lakers’ deficit to four points, 82-78, with 2:37 left in the third quarter. The Lakers have outscored the Hornets 26-17 in the frame. – 9:29 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Four point game after a great swing of ball movement for a Melo three. He has 18 points. The Lakers have been making a move with Stanley Johnson and Melo as the bigs, allowing Russ to play in some space. – 9:29 PM
Jason Walker @JasonWalkerNBA
Bogi doing a lot of ad-libbing – tough offense right now in the half court and the defense isn’t getting easy transitions. – 9:29 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lakers at one point down 20, cut it to just 4… – 9:29 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
I hope your friends and loved ones clap with more enthusiasm for you than LaMelo Ball 😂 pic.twitter.com/yjXnKhHXmN9:26 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
BEST DUNKER IN THE NBA! Don’t @ us!
@Miles Bridges | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/YSwzM2G0s79:25 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
MILES BRIDGES WITH THE WINDMILL 📸
He made this look easy 😱
pic.twitter.com/3aO0IbHzQY9:23 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Some better energy from LAL in the last few minutes allowed them to trim a 20-point deficit in half, at 79-69 into a time out. Ellington has 3 triples after hitting a pair in the 3rd, and ‘Melo 13 points off the bench. – 9:20 PM
Kyle Kuzma @kylekuzma
Miles bridges all star !!!! – 9:16 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Cody Martin block + Miles Bridges Alley Oop
pic.twitter.com/JiaROh7Wop9:15 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Buzzin’ First Half 📸
#AllFly pic.twitter.com/YR7ehI1y6S9:12 PM

Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
Honestly, I feel bad for Russell Westbrook. Dude won the MVP. I’ve never been a very big Russ guy, but tough to see players of his ilk come to this point of their career. – 9:09 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Man, Westbrook. – 9:08 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Hornets 73, Lakers 53. – 9:08 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Carmelo Anthony is starting the second half in place of Stanley Johnson. – 9:02 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Lakers and Bulls, the two non-Texas fan bases that flood the AT&T Center when their teams are good. – 9:01 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Philadelphia 76ers spokesperson confirmed to @YahooSports that following investigation, fan who made disparaging remarks toward Carmelo Anthony is banned indefinitely from all future Sixers games and events at Wells Fargo Center. Second fan suspended for remainder of season. – 9:00 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Halftime: Hornets 65, Lakers 49
Kent Bazemore leads LA with 13 points. The starting lineup has struggled mightily. Each starter has a double-digit negative plus-minus, led by Russell Westbrook’s team-worst -27 mark. LA is shooting just 38.6%. Dwight Howard is a DNP-CD so far. – 8:48 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Top three scorers for the Lakers in the first half all came off the bench. – 8:47 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Among other things, Charlotte had 36 points in the paint in the first half. – 8:47 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Lakers starting lineup: 15
Kent Bazemore: 13 – 8:47 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
15 points from the Lakers starters in a half. That probably isn’t a record or anything but just holy shit. – 8:46 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Halftime: #Hornets 65, Lakers 49
LaMelo 13 pts, 7 rebs, 1 ast
Miles Bridges 13 pts, 5 rebs, 3 ast
Terry Rozier 11 pts – 8:46 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
At the Half, Hornets lead 65-49… – 8:46 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Kent Bazemore with a season-high (and team-leading) 13 points in the first half. – 8:45 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Kent Bazemore has been a bright spot off the bench, competing on defense, and converting 4 of 5 FG’s on the other end, including 3 3’s, plus a pair of FT’s to lead LAL with 13 points. – 8:44 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Ish Smith has been a crazy good spark tonight. He just blocked Avery Bradley’s jumper, then gave a nifty pass to PJ Washington for the hoop and harm. Has 10 points and 3 assists in 9 minutes. – 8:41 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
3 fouls on Cody Martin already – 8:40 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Sixers fan Mike Murphy has been banned indefinitely from all future 76ers’ games as well as future events at the Wells Fargo Center, according to a team source. The source confirmed an investigation over Murphy’s incident Thursday with Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony. – 8:38 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Borrego’s decision to downsize and play Ish Smith over playing JT Thor is paying dividends so far, 5-5 from the field for 10 points and a great assist to Plumlee on an alley oop – 8:38 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
A 76ers spokesperson told ESPN that an investigation conducted in the last 24 hours since the Sixers-Lakers game resulted in the fan who targeted Carmelo Anthony being banned indefinitely from all future 76ers games, as well as all future events at Wells Fargo Center. – 8:37 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
The Hornets hang the score from the 2020-21 play in game loss against the Pacers in their locker room pic.twitter.com/4rQikEZUc68:35 PM

Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
Miles Bridges strength + athleticism + acrobatics is ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/Mcd7Nyxal88:34 PM

James Plowright @British_Buzz
Oh boy, Miles Bridges playing great on both ends, loved his discipline defensively so far from guards to bigs and is just crushing LA inside offensively – 8:34 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Kent Bazemore has more points than the whole Lakers starting lineup. – 8:33 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
#Hornets have let their foot off the gas. Lakers closed to within two before that Miles Bridges layup. – 8:29 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Ish Smith and Russell Westbrook trash talk 🥰 – 8:29 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
I don’t think the Hornets realise Horton-Tucker has a 7’1 wingspan, keep throwing bounce passes in his vicinity.
Meanwhile Ish Smith having his best start to a game in a long time, always prefer him in attack mode – 8:29 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Kent Bazemore has played 6 total minutes and already outscored every Lakers starter combined. – 8:28 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Ish Smith is having his way with Austin Reaves. Has 8 points and hit all four shots. – 8:27 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Kent Bazemore is the Lakers’ leading scorer with 10 points so far. – 8:27 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Hustle on both ends of the floor.
(📺: @SpectrumSN) pic.twitter.com/jmsPyptmuO8:26 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Austin Reaves notched his 3rd bucket of the game to trim Charlotte’s lead down to 5 early in the 2nd Q.
Speaking of Reaves – he told me what was said leading up to the meme with LeBron in Brooklyn, and we’ll detail later in the 2nd Q on the @SpectrumSN broadcast. – 8:23 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Bench is powering the team to come back in this second quarter: It’s 33-28 Hornets, and Melo, Reaves, Ariza and Bazemore(!!) have combined for 22 of the Lakers’ points. – 8:20 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
A 7-2 run from the Lakers has cut their deficit to just five, 33-28, with 10:39 left in the second quarter. Some spirited play from the second-unit group of Melo, Ariza, Bazemore, Reaves and THT. – 8:20 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Cody Martin getting backup PF minutes right now, Bouknight at SF. Hornets choosing to go small instead of playing Thor – 8:20 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Watch Ya Head 🤯
@drpepper | #AllFly pic.twitter.com/Fwf7S3i6Wl8:19 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
First quarter: Hornets 31, Lakers 21
A rough start on both ends for the Lakers without LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Malik Monk. They shot 30% from the floor and 54.5% at the FT line (7 of 12). Carmelo Anthony leads them with 6 points. Charlotte has 14 points in the paint. – 8:16 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Not a bad way to start, eh?
#AllFly pic.twitter.com/vLu9KR2dIj8:16 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
After falling behind 23-8, LAL’s bench rallied to trim the margin to as few as 7, before Rozier hit a 3 with 1.4 seconds left in the period to make it 31-21 for the home team. – 8:15 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
End of first Q: #Hornets 31, Lakers 21
Terry Rozier leads the way with 11 points and 3 rebounds. Miles Bridges has 8 points and 3 rebounds and LaMelo has 6 points and 3 rebounds. – 8:15 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
ICYMI: @NekiasNBA and I talked about the top tiers of the East and West, the Lakers’ struggles and much more on this week’s @RealGM Radio- basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/265583…8:14 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL’s bench has been better than the makeshift starters tonight, with ‘Melo hitting 2 FG’s plus 2 FT’s, and Reaves and Bazemore each converting a FG, as LAL trails 26-17. – 8:11 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
9 year old: “Wow, the Lakers are getting killed.”
Me: “Yeah. But LeBron and Anthony Davis aren’t playing.”
9 year old: “Oh. So basically, they were already bad and now they’re just getting worse.”
Ouch.
BK – 8:10 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Clear the lane for SKY MILES ✈️
@Miles Bridges | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/8C9MA8CK7O8:08 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
HERE COMES BAZEMORE!!! WE DID IT – 8:07 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
James Bouknight checks in to play alongside LaMelo. – 8:07 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Lakers like to dribble dribble dribble dribble dribble dribble dribble dribble – 8:07 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
One way to look at this game is as an opportunity for the vets who haven’t played recently to prove that they can do something with some minutes. After less than nine minutes in the first, the Hornets lead 23-8, and that gesture has been dismal at best. – 8:06 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL have struggled considerably on both ends of the court without LeBron and AD, falling behind 23-8 into the 2nd time out of the 1st Q.
They’re 2 for 14 from the field, and 3 for 8 at the FT line. – 8:04 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Soft rims in the Spectrum Center tonight … for the #Hornets. Lots of weird bounces, but the shots are still going in. – 8:04 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
First player off the bench tonight: PJ Washington. – 8:00 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
First possession of Ball on Westbrook and he commits a foul with Russ shooting a midrange J, been mostly hidden on Ellington so far. – 7:59 PM
Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
Lakers defense is Swiss cheese, but oh man … this still made me stand up. pic.twitter.com/Ki1e46vW2m7:58 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Lakers have 3 points midway through the first quarter. – 7:57 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Russell Westbrook and DeAndre Jordan pick and pop 😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/x1vB4ni1pV7:56 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Starting off strong 💪
@LaMelo Ball x @Miles Bridges
#AllFly | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/iBjKHTdhNz7:55 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
The Hornets are so fun to watch 📸
LaMelo connects with Bridges for the no-look lob 💥
pic.twitter.com/6ZeHOTHtp47:54 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
The Lakers only need to go 2-32 the rest of the way to outdo Magic Johnson’s coaching record… – 7:53 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
So according to the LaMelo fanboys, he will be subbed out now after his “Highlight” play…
I’ll wait – 7:52 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
LeBron emerges from the locker room, as does Anthony Davis. James dapped up LaMelo before play began again. – 7:52 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Good news: LeBron has arrived.
Bad news: He’s in a hoodie. – 7:51 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Lakers might wanna score a point or two – 7:50 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
A 9-0 start from the Hornets in less than three minutes. The Lakers’ offense is a mess and the Hornets are capitalizing by running on them the other way. – 7:49 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
#Hornets are off to a 9-0 start and are running the Lakers wild. Los Angeles needs a timeout to regroup. – 7:49 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers have missed their first six shots of the game. The Hornets are waltzing through them, capped by that LaMelo flick to Miles Bridges. – 7:49 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
There’s been a bit too much of Avery Bradley offensively to start this game. – 7:48 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Jimmy Butler is currently having a season that only the following players have done before
-Larry Bird
-Magic Johnson
-Michael Jordan
-LeBron James
-James Harden
@CoupNBA shows what has Jimmy heading towards a potential #NBAAllStar appearance and All-NBA Team – 7:47 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
After a week of a lot of Lakers fans here Sunday, a lot of Knicks fans here Wednesday . . . not so many (any?) Clippers fans here tonight. Clippers take the court to indifference. – 7:47 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Not sure I’d count on them to win me an NBA basketball game, but I would absolutely trust the firm of Westbrook, Ellington, Bradley, Johnson and Jordan with all of my legal needs. BK – 7:42 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Cool pregame moment as Miles Bridges spends some time with his kids. pic.twitter.com/i0fI81nFgv7:34 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Almost time to do our thing.
📍 – 🏠
🆚 – @Los Angeles Lakers
⏰ – 7:30 PM EST
📺 – @HornetsOnBally
📻 – @WFNZ 610 AM/102.5 FM pic.twitter.com/QeEgeYkTa17:30 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
look good.
ride good.
feel good.
play good.
#AllFly | @Terry Rozier pic.twitter.com/2XU8hn8fdQ7:26 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
FAMILY OVER EVERYTHING 💜
#AllFly pic.twitter.com/16L3tEyovW7:16 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
AD rockin Jose 🔥🔥
Get your @AlvaradoJose15 jersey tonight at SKC in the team shop 😏😏 pic.twitter.com/pEJPd3jvZu7:15 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
Cody Martin is starting in Gordon Hayward’s spot again tonight. – 7:13 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Wayne & DJ ✔️
#SuitingUpTogether | @ToyotaSoCal pic.twitter.com/3oxPmGfCcW7:06 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
It’s a brand new starting lineup. I believe this is the first game when *both* LeBron and Anthony Davis have been out: pic.twitter.com/drOniLyYR87:01 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Lakers starters vs. Charlotte:
DeAndre Jordan
Stanley Johnson
Wayne Ellington
Avery Bradley
Russell Westbrook – 7:01 PM
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude @ROSGO21
Back to back NBA games, from sideline reporter to analyst! Chatting with Anthony Davis pregame as Lakers visited the 76ers in Philadelphia! On the call w/ my awesome teammate @Sean Kelley! 🏀🤓🎤✨ @espn pic.twitter.com/mToiTzI0bk6:34 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
INJURY REPORT vs LAL
Jalen McDaniels (L Ankle Sprain) is out.
Gordon Hayward (H&S Protocols) is out.
Kelly Oubre Jr. (L Ankle Sprain) is out.
#AllFly | @NovantHealth pic.twitter.com/SAtMRoPxgT6:34 PM

James Plowright @British_Buzz
No Oubre, Hayward or McDaniels tonight. Even more extended run for Bouknight, probably playing small with Cody/Ish, hoping but doubting some JT Thor too – 6:32 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Kelly Oubre is out tonight. #Hornets bench gets thinner. – 6:27 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
A drippy Friday night.
#ULTRADrip | @MichelobULTRA pic.twitter.com/bEbpjSWzlt6:26 PM

Bill Oram @billoram
Can’t be too surprised to see AD and LeBron out tonight after the way last night went. Here’s my story from Philly: theathletic.com/3098895/2022/0…6:10 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Russ making himself available to play seeing both LeBron and AD out tonight pic.twitter.com/jj8JHW6Xyh6:09 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Lakers reportedly still interested in Hield, offered Horton-Tucker but were shot down nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/28/lak…6:07 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel is hopeful the Lakers will get both Anthony Davis and LeBron James back for Sunday’s game against the Hawks in Atlanta. – 6:07 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Russell Westbrook and Avery Bradley WILL play, however. – 6:04 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
NO LeBron James, NO Anthony Davis tonight. – 6:03 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Lakers say LeBron James (knee) and Anthony Davis (wrist) will miss tonight’s road game vs. Hornets, Frank Vogel says. – 6:03 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Anthony Davis and LeBron James are out. Davis is dealing with soreness in his wrist; James still has soreness in his knee.
Russell Westbrook and Avery Bradley are in tonight in Charlotte. – 6:03 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Frank Vogel says Anthony Davis (R wrist) and LeBron James (L knee) are both out. Avery Bradley and Russell Westbrook will play. – 6:03 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Status updates for tonight’s Lakers game at Charlotte…
LeBron James: out
Anthony Davis: out
Russell Westbrook: in
Avery Bradley: in – 6:02 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Anthony Davis and LeBron James are out tonight, per Frank Vogel. – 6:02 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
James Borrego said they are going to look at Kelly Oubre in pregame to figure if he can go tonight. Should know more in 30 minutes. pic.twitter.com/O8qRUJnqEr5:53 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
LeBron, AD, and Westbrook are questionable tonight vs. the Hornets.
Austin Reaves: pic.twitter.com/BxSbgL8ckd5:29 PM
Malik Monk @AhmadMonk
😒😒😒 – 5:07 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris lead #76ers past #Lakers, 105-87 inquirer.com/sixers/76ers-j… via @phillyinquirer – 5:05 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#ICYMI Best and worst from #Sixers#Lakers: Matisse Thybulle’s stellar defense, Georges Niang’s clutch threes, classless fan and more inquirer.com/sixers/76ers-l… via @phillyinquirer #NBA755:04 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Year number 19 for LeBron James, and still rolling
Lakers Guard Avery Bradley joined @TermineRadio & @Eddie Johnson and talked about how special it’s been to play with LeBron. #LakersNation pic.twitter.com/QI4QO1VgJy5:00 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Jumped on the pod with @Chris Haynes talking James Harden/Ben Simmons and if the Lakers can save their season pic.twitter.com/pVthBwzEA24:27 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Lakers 🆚 Hornets
⏰: 4:30 p.m. PT
📺: @SpectrumSN & ESPN
📻: ESPN LA 710 & 1330 KWKW
#LakeShow x @socios4:17 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
‘Dissecting a win over the Los Angeles Lakers, whether Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid needs a rest, and a fan incident’ by Locked On 76ers – Daily Podcast On The Philadelphia Sixers megaphone.link/LKN87140203373:53 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
It’s time to flip that hat around 😈
Get more behind-the-scenes content in the latest episode of Reel Access! 👇🏽 – 3:30 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
ICYMI: @NekiasNBA and I talked about the top tiers of the East and West, the Lakers’ struggles and much more on this week’s @RealGM Radio: basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/265583…3:28 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Who else is counting the hours until 7:30pm?!
#AllFly | @LendingTree pic.twitter.com/APz9ab4N0K2:26 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
New #MannixAndScal: AD saving the Lakers, Wiz with a decision on Bradley Beal and what’s the best long term fit for James Harden? youtube.com/watch?v=ntTBDM…1:48 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL’s injury report for Charlotte on Friday night includes several updates from last game:
OUT
– Monk (left groin soreness)
QUESTIONABLE
– LeBron (left knee soreness)
– AD (right wrist soreness)
– Westbrook (right knee soreness)
– Bradley (stomach illness) – 1:43 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Are you copping the LeBron James Adidas from ’03? #FullCourtFits
👟: https://t.co/g4BwHurulw pic.twitter.com/WuxNkZcOEt1:30 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Rough looking injury report for LAL, which will miss Monk and have four other key guys listed as questionable heading into tonight pic.twitter.com/GBHYkMNWLi1:25 PM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
All-Star starters, according to the players’ vote:
Ja Morant
Stephen Curry
LeBron James
Draymond Green
Nikola Jokic
Zach LaVine
DeMar DeRozan
Kevin Durant
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Joel Embiid – 1:20 PM
Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
Lakers fans, please direct your love letters to @jshector https://t.co/9LrNqP8UD8 pic.twitter.com/VWiMErqzIq1:19 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Double @FrontOfficeShow to get you into the weekend! First up @Trevor_Lane and I talk tampering with James Harden?, What can the Lakers really get for “The Package”?, Knicks ready to make moves and more. Watch, like & subscribe. 20K subs here we come!
youtu.be/yjYNWsNxWY81:14 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
A lot of complaining about LeBron James sitting against Philly and now likely in-line to play against Charlotte. Not me, I’m desperate to see LeBron vs Bridges, that’s going to be absolutely box office – 1:12 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Sixers fan who used racial slur ‘boy’ in altercation with Carmelo Anthony calls into WIP morning show inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 1:11 PM

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