Tyreke Evans, J.B. Bickerstaff embarrassed after 61-point loss to shorthanded Hornets
The Hornets’ 140-79 victory is the first win for any NBA team of 60 points or greater since 1998 and only the sixth in league history.
Charlotte was shorthanded without its starting center Dwight Howard sitting out due to a one-game suspension for technical foul accumulation, but counted with a thunder-punch from All-Star point guard Kemba Walker, who poured in a game-high 46 points in 28 minutes of play — putting the game out of hand early.
“That’s not something you see every day,” Walker said of his team’s historic night, according to ESPN. “We played well. We knew these guys were short-handed with no Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, who are two awesome players. But we just handled our business.”
The Grizzlies have had one of the worst seasons in recent memory, now likely looking to rack up as many losses as possible in hopes for a lottery pick — but this loss stings the fans as well as the players who’ve been part of this embarrassment.
“Tonight we put on a performance that no one should be proud of and you can’t defend it,” Grizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said.
“They were out there just laughing,” guard/forward Tyreke Evans said. “It was embarrassing. The whole thing. We’ve got to just wash this one away and just come back next game and be ready to play.”
The Hornets aren’t vying for a playoff spot and haven’t been known to be an offensive powerhouse, but a game like this proves that every team can put on a show if another lets it — a sour note the Grizzlies will have to endure until the end of the season to erase.