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Hornets keep slim playoff hopes alive thanks to Jeremy Lamb game winner

Jeremy Lamb

Charlotte Hornets’ Jeremy Lamb (3) celebrates his go-ahead basket against the Toronto Raptors during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, April 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


The Charlotte Hornets do not control their own destiny. They need a lot of help to make the playoffs.

And Charlotte needs to win out.

Which is why this Jeremy Lamb game-winner against Toronto is so huge. An exciting end-of-game series started with Kawhi Leonard putting the Raptors up two with 15.5 seconds left.

The Hornets got their chance and Kemba Walker drove the lane, got into the paint and drew the attention of all five Toronto defenders (plus probably a couple on the bench) then kicked it out to Lamb.

Toronto had a chance to tie or win at the buzzer, Kawhi Leonard got the shot and... wedgie? Wedgie.

Charlotte still needs a lot of help to make the playoffs (Detroit or Brooklyn losing out, for example) but they did not beat themselves tonight.