Eliminated from the race for the play-offs, the Charlotte Hornets want to end their season on a high note. By winning at the Oklahoma City Thunder (137-134), they signed a third consecutive victory. And Théo Maledon, the French leader of the Hornets, contributed to this success, by registering 19 points (7/15 in the shoot including 2/5 at three points) and by delivering nine assists.
It’s Maledon’s best performance this season. Last October, he scored 15 points against the New York Knicks, but hadn’t passed the 10-point mark since December 20. His NBA record, since arriving in the United States three years ago, remains the 33 points passed in April 2021 in Phoenix, when he wore the colors of Oklahoma City. With Charlotte, which he joined this season, the point guard has only played 38 games, averaging 5.4 points and 2.5 assists in 16 minutes.
To win on Tuesday, the North Carolina franchise relied on PJ Washington, author of 43 points (16/24 in shooting including 5/9 at three points). In the ranks of the Oklahoma City Thunder, three players have exceeded the 30 point mark (33 for Isaiah Joe, 31 for Jalen Williams and Josh Giddey). Still on the Thunder side, Ousmane Dieng played 13 minutes without scoring a point. Olivier Sarr remained on the bench.