Hornets Break Franchise Record for Biggest Win in 140-79 Blowout vs. Grizzlies

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2018

Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (15) celebrates with Willy Hernangomez (41) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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As the Charlotte Hornets fight to stay in playoff contention, they managed to pull out a historic victory over the worst team in the NBA.

On Thursday night, the Hornets set a franchise record for largest margin of victory with a 140-79 win over the Memphis Grizzlies

Kemba Walker led the way with 46 points—including 10 three-pointers—in just three quarters of action.

Not only did the 61-point victory set a franchise record, it also goes down as one of the biggest blowouts in league history, per ESPN Stats and Info:

This was a game that was never competitive. Charlotte jumped out to an eight-point lead in the opening minutes, holding a 37-14 advantage after the opening quarter. The lead continued to grow, reaching 33 as the teams went into their respective locker rooms at the half.

The score got so lopsided that the Grizzlies' Twitter account kept it simple:

It was a whopping 65-point margin as the game neared an end. If not for a 7-3 run over the final 105 seconds, it could have gone down as an even bigger loss for Memphis. On the plus side, though, the Grizzlies did not get doubled up.

Charlotte's postseason hopes received a nice boost by playing Memphis. The Grizzlies have now lost 22 of their last 23 games. At 19-53, they are in a battle for the worst record in the league.

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