We dealt with it. Players did a great job dealing with all the challenges that we had to deal with. I think we’re fortunate there was no volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else while we were down there. I mean you have two NFL franchises in an area that I don’t know how stable the geological plates that were below us [were], but nothing happened, so that was good.”
Admittedly, it’s difficult sometimes to tell when Belichick is serious and when’s he’s saying something tongue-in-cheek, but when he said, “I think we’re fortunate there was no volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else while we were down there … nothing happened, so that was good,” it hit as off-key to some.
“Outrageous ignorance of a ‘genius’ of the NFL,” ESPN Mexico’s Poncho Vera tweeted in response, per Google Translate. “(T)hat’s why you have to take professional sports for what they are: a show.”
Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb each had 24 points for the Hornets, who overcame a nine-point fourth quarter deficit. The Hornets wrapped up a perfect three-game homestand.
John Wall had 31 points and 11 assists, and Bradley Beal added 22 points for the Wizards.
The Hornets battled back behind the gritty play of Walker. He made a driving layup with 17 seconds left and then added two free throws with 2 seconds remaining to tie it.
Howard blocked Beal’s baseline jumper at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.
Charlotte carried the momentum into the extra period with Walker knocking down a leaning 3-pointer from the top of the key after a scramble for a loose ball. Lamb followed with a block and a coast-to-coast layup for a 5-point lead.