Thornton energizes Hornets, again

Marcus ThorntonMonty Williams

One of the better 6th men in basketball was at it again Wednesday night.

Hornets guard Marcus Thornton, often the 8th or 9th or 10th option off the bench of head coach Monty Williams scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Hornets pulled off a stirring comeback against Memphis.

The performance by Thornton came, ironically, hours after Williams lamented that he needed another 15 point a game scorer off the bench.

Thornton and Williams have an interesting relationship. After the game, Williams admitted that he and his second year guard often have had a testy relationship. Williams said he was happier for Thornton than "he would ever know."

I know this, on at least two occasions this season, Marcus Thornton has saved the Hornets from a bad homecourt defeats. He led a stirring comeback as the Hornets came from 22 down to beat the Kings.

And, Wednesday night, Marcus Thornton showed his coach again, that he is instant offense.

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