Howard pushes Hornets to victory

23 November 2017 13:15:47 EST

The Charlotte Hornets have been one of the biggest Jekyll and Hyde teams in the NBA in the early going with little rhyme nor reason to their wins and losses.

The hosts pulled another rabbit out of their hat at home on Wednesday, as the Hornets defeated the Washington Wizards 129-124 in overtime at the Spectrum Center in North Carolina. 

Leading the way for Charlotte was Dwight Howard, as the 31 year old center from Atlanta, Georgia scored a team high 26 points while pulling down 13 rebounds and dishing out three assists for a double-double.

The Hornets have been one of the best home team this season in all of the NBA and are one of only four teams in the whole league to only have one win on the road.

Charlotte is 8-9 so far on the season, with an impressive 7-2 record at the Spectrum Center and 1-7 away from the state of North Carolina. 

The Wizards had a nine-point lead with only three minutes remaining in regulation, but the Hornets stormed back to force the extra period.

In defeat John Wall had an impressive evening, as the 27-year old point guard out of the University of Kentucky scored a game high 31 points while passing out 11 assists to also record a double-double for the contest.

Washington still leads the Southeast Division by 1.5 games over the Hornets, with the Wizards winning six of their last ten games.

Charlotte will now travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on Friday evening, while the Wizards head home to play the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Hornets are 8/1 to win the Southeast Division and 70/1 to come out best in the Eastern Conference.

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