Miles Bridges scored 20 points and Devonte Graham had 17 for the Hornets, who didn’t take their first lead until the fourth quarter, when they outscored New Orleans 36-23.
Zion Williamson scored 26 points and Josh Hart had 19 for the Pelicans, who’ve lost three straight, all at home. Brandon Ingram added 17 points but was 3-of-10 shooting. JJ Redick also scored 17 points
The game marked the first time brothers Lonzo and LaMelo Ball – both top-three draft choices within the past four years – played against one another. LaMelo Ball, picked third overall in 2020, had the better night, nearly notching a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
LaMelo Ball hit a 3 with his brother guarding him and also blocked his brother’s driving layup, forcing a jump ball that Lonzo, who at 6-foot-6 is an inch shorter than his brother, was able to win to a teammate.
Lonzo Ball, a second overall draft pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017, missed 6 of 7 3-point shots and finished with five points.
The Pelicans led by double digits most of the first half and by 18 points when Redick’s 3 made it 47-29 in the middle of the second quarter.
New Orleans was still up 59-47 to open the second half, but Charlotte quickly began tightening things up.
Terry Rozier hit a 3 and Hayward added short jumper and another 3, cutting the lead to 62-55.
Another 3 by Hayward, two more by Rozier and one by Bridges in a span of less than three minutes got the Hornets within 72-69.
The Pelicans gradually rebuilt their lead to eight late in the period, but LaMelo Ball hit a step-back 3 while being defended by his brother to make it 87-82 heading into the final quarter.
Graham’s driving right-handed floater as he was fouled by Nickeil Alexander-Walker put Charlotte up for the first time at 105-103 with 5:46 to go. Hayward’s 3 with 3:43 left put the Hornets ahead 109-105.
Hornets: Rozier finished with 15 points and Bismack Biyombo scored 11. … Charlotte outrebounded the Pelicans 45-36 and turned 16 offensive rebounds into 26 second-chance points.
Pelicans: New Orleans committed 19 turnovers, leading to 27 Charlotte points. … The Pelicans lost despite outshooting the Hornets 49.4% (38 of 77) to 47.1 % (41 of 87), as well as 39.5% (15 of 39) to 38.1% (16 of 42) from 3-point range. … New Orleans completed a four-game home stand at 1-3.
Hornets: Host Atlanta on Saturday night in the first of three straight at home.
Pelicans: Visit Dallas on Monday night to begin a seven-game road trip.