UNC Alumni in the NBA: Marvin Williams scores season-high 24 points

Hornets’ Marvin Williams scores 24 points in win over Pistons

After 14 seasons in the NBA, Charlotte Hornets power forward Marvin Williams still has the ability to take over a basketball game. That’s exactly what he did on Friday night in front of 16,000 fans at the Spectrum Center.

For the second time in just over a week, Williams and the Hornets handed the Detroit Pistons a loss. The first game — a hard-fought 108-107 Charlotte victory — Williams scored nine points on 3-of-8 shooting, scoring all of his points from behind the three-point line. Despite his lack of scoring that night, he played an important role in the Hornets’ victory, grabbing 10 rebounds, one assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in a game-high 38 minutes.

It was a different story this time around, though, with Williams leading the way for the Hornets from start to finish.

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The 32-year-old former first round pick scored a game-high 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor. He was even better from three-point range where he knocked down 7-of-11 attempts on the night. The seven triples that Williams hit were a career-high, beating his previous record of five within the game’s first three quarters. He also hauled in six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 32 minutes of play.

Over the past two weeks, Williams is averaging 14 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He’s shooting nearly 48 percent from the floor, and knocked down at least three three-pointers in all but two of the seven games during that span.

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For the season, Williams is averaging better than nine points and five-and-a-half rebounds per game in a starting role for the Hornets. Now in his fifth season with Charlotte, the former Tar Heel has helped lead the Hornets to a 16-15 record, good for first-place in the Southeast Division.