ATLANTA — Miles Bridges scored 32 factors and the Charlotte Hornets, with out 4 gamers, leaned on their finest 3-point capturing sport of the season to beat the Atlanta Hawks 130-127 on Sunday evening.
Bridges made every of his 4 photographs within the fourth quarter when he scored 13 factors. “I really feel like that is a press release sport, let folks know that we’re right here,” he stated.
The Hornets have been lacking main scorer LaMelo Ball, beginning guard Terry Rozier, beginning middle Mason Plumlee and ahead Jalen McDaniels in Sunday’s contest. All 4 gamers are within the NBA’s well being and security protocols and will likely be sidelined for not less than 10 days.
Kelly Oubre Jr. was one in all a number of Hornets who made up the distinction as he splashed six 3s and scored 28 factors for Charlotte. The Hornets made 17 3s.
“It was about who wished it extra and we’ve got some guys on our workforce who’re simply canine and would not be denied,” Oubre stated. “It was a blessing for us to exit and simply compete and maintain it down for our brothers.”
Hawks coach Nate McMillan stated the Hornets, even when short-handed, are “most likely the most effective catch-and-shoot workforce within the league.”
“We simply actually weren’t in a position to get stops once we wanted to,” McMillan stated. “We scored 127 factors. That is greater than sufficient to win the sport. It comes right down to defensively having the ability to cease them and we weren’t ready to try this.”
The Hawks, who stormed again from an 11-point deficit early within the third quarter, led 89-87 earlier than the Hornets regained momentum with a 12-0 run late within the quarter. Cody Martin had eight factors, together with two 3s, within the run.
Atlanta stormed however once more however Bridges’ 3 with 4:26 remaining gave Charlotte a 115-113 lead that it did not relinquish. Oubre added one other key 3 to push the result in 122-116.
The Hornets improved to 14-11 on the season whereas the Hawks fell again to 12-12.
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