Several Hornets played pivotal roles in their 109-99 overtime win over Toronto on Thursday, including Jeremy Lin and Kemba Walker, who combined for 62 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and four blocks.
But it was P.J. Hairston who hit the go-ahead three-pointer in overtime.
“It was just all confidence,” Hairston said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I’ve been shooting the ball well the last couple games, and I just had the confidence in me. I knew I was going to make the shot.”
Charlotte (15-10) went on a 10-3 run to get the win.
“We just picked it up on the defensive end,” Hairston said. “It was just a team effort. We just had to guard one-on-one, stay up on the pick and rolls and not let them get good shots.”
Hairston finished with 14 points, while Lin, crazy hair and all, finished with a game-high 35.
“Jeremy is a different dude,” Hairston said, laughing. “He does anything to his hair. If he’s going to have 35 every night, he can do his hair any type of way he wants.”
Hairston, 22, said he has enjoyed playing with Lin, Walker, Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky, Tyler Hansbrough and others.
“Man, it’s a great group of guys,” Hairston said. “Everyone gets along. There’s great team chemistry on and off the court. We carry it over. It’s just great to be around them and great to play with them.”
Charlotte took Kaminsky with the ninth overall pick in this year’s draft. Hairston has been impressive with his development.
“He’s emerging,” Hairston said. “He’s starting to get more comfortable in the post and he’s going to knock down some shots for us. Cody as well.”
Hairston said that he, Hansbrough and Marvin Williams, who all played for North Carolina, keep up on Tar Heels games as much as possible. Scott Ferrall asked if they got grief for UNC’s last-second loss to Texas on Dec. 12.
“Not as much as I thought I would get,” Hairston said, amused. “That’s pretty real for me.”
Charlotte, which has won five of seven, plays the Wizards (10-14) in Washington this Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.