Charlotte Hornets

Brooklyn’s Buzzer Beater Dooms Hornets

By Sam Perley, hornets.com

Result

The Charlotte Hornets struggled defensively the entire night and ultimately couldn’t get a stop when they needed it most as they fell to the Nets, 120-118, on Monday, Dec. 26 in Brooklyn, NY. After erasing a nine-point halftime deficit, Brooklyn found itself down one in the closing seconds before veteran Randy Foye drained an off-balance, game-winning three-pointer as the clock expired. The loss snapped Charlotte’s three-game winning streak as well as a five-game winning streak against the Nets, the latter of which dates back to the start of last season.

Turning Point

Trailing 117-113 with 32.7 seconds left in the game, Nicolas Batum knocked down a three-pointer to bring the Hornets within one. After an empty possession by Brooklyn, Cody Zeller put back a missed layup by Kemba Walker to put Charlotte ahead, 118-117, with less than three seconds remaining. On the ensuing inbounds play, Bojan Bogdanovic found Randy Foye at the top of the key, who knocked down the tough three-pointer for his only basket of the night and a Nets victory.

Hornets Player of the Game

Nicolas Batum continued his stellar play, tallying a team-high 24 points, five rebounds, five assists and a game-high-tying three steals in the loss. The ninth-year veteran from France has now scored 20-or-more points in five of his last six outings after doing so just twice in his first 24 games of the season.

Nets Player of the Game

Bojan Bogdanovic exploded for a game-high 26 points on 7-of-11 shooting, four rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes off the bench. This is tied for the Croatian’s second-highest scoring performance of the season.

Game Notes

Jeremy Lamb notched 17 points and four rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench… Kemba Walker and Cody Zeller each finished with 15 points…. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tallied 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season… Frank Kaminsky added 13 points and five rebounds… Charlotte outscored Brooklyn in the first quarter, 40-31, for its second-highest scoring quarter of the season… The Hornets knocked down 8-of-26 three-point attempts (30.8 percent) while Brooklyn drained 15-of-31 shots from long distance (48.4 percent)… Charlotte outscored Brooklyn in the paint (52-36) and in second-chance points (20-7)… Marco Belinelli missed his first game of the season for Charlotte (sprained left ankle).

Quote of the Night

“The positive was the offense and the negative was the defense. When you score 118 [points] on the road — they’re a good offensive team — [but] you have to win that game. [Brooklyn] scored 37 in the fourth. [Defense] continues to be a problem. We’ve got to dig down, play to our principles and get some one-on-one stops.” – Hornets coach Steve Clifford

Quote of the Night


“The positive was the offense and the negative was the defense. When you score 118 [points] on the road — they’re a good offensive team — [but] you have to win that game. [Brooklyn] scored 37 in the fourth. [Defense] continues to be a problem. We’ve got to dig down, play to our principles and get some one-on-one stops.” – Hornets coach Steve Clifford

Next Up

The Hornets take on the Magic starting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28 in Orlando. The game can be seen on FOX Sports Southeast or heard on WFNZ or on the official Charlotte Hornets mobile app.


next up

Wednesday Dec 28 – 7:30 pmAmway Center, Orlando, Fl

Fox Sports Southeast – Charlotte Hornets App & WFNZ 610 AM

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