Sam Sharpe, USA Today Sports

Charlotte Hornets swarm Chicago Bulls in first win of the season

Charlotte buries Chicago behind 14 three-pointers to win its first game of the season. The Hornets scored the most points (130) in a game since 1997.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Hornets entered Tuesday’s game seeking consistency. Against Chicago, the team was homogeneously successful.

Charlotte throttled Chicago, 130-105, at Time Warner Cable Arena for its first win of the season after three straight defeats to open the campaign. Seven Hornets finished in double figures, led by Jeremy Lamb—fresh off signing a three-year contract extension earlier in the day—coming off the bench to score 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the floor.

The Hornets jumped on Chicago early and did not let up. Charlotte scored at least 30 points in each quarter, including 37 in the opening period to take a 17-point advantage.

“It is good to win,” Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said. “We’ve played hard. Those guys have worked hard.”

Greater separation occurred midway in the second quarter when Charlotte’s second unit opened up a 22-point advantage. Three players off the bench scored in double-figures.

“I thought the starters set the tone,” Clifford said. “I think our starters are good but I think that second unit can big a big plus for us. They played, obviously, really well tonight.”

Despite cooling off somewhat in the second half with the game’s outcome long since decided, Charlotte finished 47-of-91 (51.8 percent) from the floor and 22-of-23 (95.7 percent) from the free throw line.

The Hornets were also a sizzling 14-of-23 (60.7 percent) from three-point range. The 130 points was the most for Charlotte since also scoring 130 in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers in November of 1997.

Charlotte opens a three-game road swing Thursday in Dallas. The Hornets follow with trips to San Antonio and Minnesota before returning to Buzz City on Nov. 11 to host New York.

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