In the third quarter, alone, he had 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including hitting all three 3-pointers he attempted.
In all, he knocked in 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting -- two points shy of his career high.
"He made a lot of plays and made some for his teammates," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "He shot the ball well and when he is playing like that, it gives us a huge boost."
Still, it wasn’t enough in the end as the Hornets rode the hot hand of Kemba Walker, who knocked in 10 fourth-quarter points, and the inside dominance of Dwight Howard, who contributed eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks in the final quarter.
Atlanta fought back from as many as 13 points down to hold a 99-96 lead with 7:16 remaining.
“It sucked for us to be down at half and work our way back, have Baze do what he does then have it all go down the toilet, down the drain,” Hawks center John Collins said. “Always tough to see that happen.”
But the Hawks wouldn’t have even been within striking distance if not for Bazemore.
"He has such a great spirit and great energy, I think everyone loves playing with him," Budenholzer said. "He is a great teammate, so when you see somebody like him get going, it fuels everybody."