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Video: Malik Monk’s epic game-winning and-1 steals win over Kings

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Malik Monk just won the game for the Charlotte Hornets with a huge and-1 bucket to give his team a 127-126 victory on the road against the Sacramento Kings. Down by two points, Monk got the ball with five seconds left and drove hard to the basket to knock down a clutch lay-up, plus the foul. The 23-year-old then sealed the W for the Hornets as he coolly knocked down the bonus free throw.

Monk had a huge game off the bench for coach James Borrego. In 31 minutes, he ended up tallying 21 points and was clutch against his former Kentucky teammate De’Aaron Fox. Though he struggled from deep and missed all of his seven three-point attempts, Monk made up for it with a perfect 5-5 from the charity stripe, including the game-winner.

Aside from Monk’s big play, the Hornets also saw a breakout game from starting forward PJ Washington, who dropped a career-high 42 points in 41 minutes, while rookie LaMelo Ball added 24 markers and 12 dimes.

With the win, the Hornets are now tied at the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers with a 15-17 record to round out the month of February.

Don’t look now but Malik Monk and the Hornets are buzzing their way to a .500 record ahead of the upcoming All-Star break.