Michael Jordan slaps Malik Monk on Hornets bench after late-game tech

Ross Houston
December 14, 2018

Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lamb, jumping right, celebrates with teammates Malik Monk, left, Willy Hernangomez, center and Devonte' Graham, front, as Kemba Walker (15) celebrates in background after Lamb's go-ahead and eventual game-winning basket against the Detroit Pistons in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.

Replays showed Monk and later Bismack Biyombo had come off the bench and run several yards onto the floor in anticipation of Lamb making the shot at the other end. The problem was that there were still 0.3 seconds remaining in the game, so Monk was hit with a technical foul (too many players on the court).

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As you can imagine, Jordan - Hornets owner and, oh by the way, one of the greatest late-game performers of all-time - was not overly thrilled with the youngster and decided he deserved a smack upside the head. Jordan and Monk even shared a smile before going their separate ways, after which M.J. quickly went back to shaking his head.

The Pistons made the one technical foul shot, but Lamb's basket was allowed to stand and the Hornets won 108-107 after Detroit's inbounds pass was stolen.

"No negative intent. Only love!"

With last night's victory, the Hornets climbed back over.500 for the season with a 14-13 mark.

Lamb said, "I thought they were going to call like three techs, get three free throws - something like that".

The Associated Press requested clarification on the call after the game, but the game officials had already left the arena and were unavailable for comment. "We won. I'm glad we got the 'W'".

"You got to remember there is still.3 on the clock", Borrego said.

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