Batum scores 7 in NBA Africa game

Nic Bautm made his Hornets debut, albeit in the NBA Africa game, teaming with former Hornet Bismack Biyombo on Team Africa.

Batum will wear #5 for the Hornets. He previously wore #88 while playing for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Batum finished the game with 7 points, 3 rebound, 3 assists and 2 turnovers in just under 19 minutes while shooting 40% from the field and 33% from 3. Biz had 9 points, 3 blocks, 1 steal, 1 turnover and 5 rebounds in nearly 21 minutes of playing time shooting 27% from the field.

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“This is huge for us and huge for me,” Batum said of the first NBA game being played in Africa. “I grew up in France, played for the French team and am French, but my dad is from Cameroon. I’ve got roots in Cameroon and family in Cameroon, so for the first time in my life I’ll be able to experience the pride of playing in a jersey with Cameroon on it. My family and I are proud about that. It’s a special thing for me.”