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Hornets Produce Clunker Performance To Halt Win Streak In The Bay

Charlotte Holds Golden State to Season Low; Missed Shots, Fouls and Turnovers Stack Up

One night after just about everything was going through the net, the Charlotte Hornets simply couldn’t buy a bucket in Friday evening’s 97-84 road loss to Golden State, a defeat that ended their season-best four-game winning streak.

Miles Bridges (19 points and 11 rebounds) and Nick Richards (11 points and 13 rebounds) both recorded their 12th double-doubles of the campaign in the loss, which came despite Charlotte allowing a season-low-tying 97 points. This was also the fewest points scored by the Warriors this year and the first time they’ve even been held under the century mark.

Charlotte’s opening two quarters were absolutely littered with missed shots (11-of-43; 25.6%), fouls (11) and turnovers (12), resulting in the team’s lowest first-half point total since Nov. 25, 2017 (29) in San Antonio, per Basketball Reference. Golden State, which had its own fair share of early giveaway issues, never trailed by single digits again, sealing its 10th victory in 12 outings. There were some late-game fireworks though as a skirmish broke out with 12 seconds left that caused Lester Quiñones and Grant Williams to both be ejected.

“Offensive energy, offensive purpose, not playing inside out, not playing nearly as unselfishly as we have been,” said Hornets Head Coach Steve Clifford afterwards, when asked about the team’s scoring struggles. “[Golden State’s] defense was very good, too. That had a lot to do with it. It’s the NBA. It’s just going to happen. We just had a week off. That’s our second game in two days. It’s going to happen sometimes. It’s just part of the league.”

Brandon Miller (11), Tre Mann (10), Williams (10) and Vasilije Micić (10) also reached double-digit points for the Hornets, though nobody really did so with any efficiency. Charlotte finished with a field-goal percentage of 36.4% - 46.7% in the second half – while committing 19 turnovers for 18 Golden State points. The team’s 29-point first half was the lowest total in any half by an NBA team this season and the 52 points through the end of the third quarter were its fewest dating back to Jan. 27, 2016 (51) in Utah, per Basketball Reference.

Steph Curry led the victorious hosts with 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting and five assists, while Andrew Wiggins added 14 points on a 5-of-8 clip. Rookie Brandin Podziemski chipped in another 13 points, six rebounds, a game-high-tying six assists and drew three charges in the first half alone. Golden State actually finished with more turnovers (season-high 22) than the Hornets, though the latter only managed to score 15 points off of them. With the Warriors’ victory, the home team has now won seven straight regular season meetings between these two teams.

The Hornets will now head north to face the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, Feb. 25 beginning at 9 PM ET. Follow all the action on Bally Sports Southeast and WFNZ 92.7 FM.