|Inconsistent finish cost Hornets 111-107 loss to Oklahoma City|
|Charlotte blows 19-point advantage in the process|
|Published Thursday, November 1, 2018 11:15 pm|
The Charlotte Hornets went from a poor start to a poor finish.
Thursday’s 111-107 loss to Oklahoma City exposed Charlotte’s inconsistency, despite a 19-point lead at one point against the Thunder. Their 18 turnovers cost them 21 points, and eventually the game.
“We started turning the ball over a lot,” said rookie forward Miles Bridges, who scored four points and had five rebounds. “They were getting stops on defense. We weren’t getting stops.”
The Hornets went on an 11-0 run to start the third quarter, but could not sustain that level of play to the end. Guards Kemba Walker and Malik Monk led the team with 21 points each.
“Their pressure picked up,” coach James Borrego said. “The stretch after we were up 19, I think we turned it over four times pretty quickly there. That led to easy points. We were doing a good job in the half court at that time defensively. We were guarding. We were getting stops. We were running. When we got stops and ran, we had 31 fast break points. We were great in transition offensively, but we could not get enough stops down the stretch to get out and run.”
While Charlotte held the Thunder to two fast break points in the first half, they gave up nine in the third quarter, which propelled Oklahoma City’s offense.
“That’s how they got started, on the fast breaks,” Bridges said. “We didn’t want them to get out in transition at all, because that’s when they are at their best. Once [that happened] it was a tough game for us.”
Charlotte stands 1-1 halfway through a four-game homestand. They host Cleveland Saturday and Atlanta Tuesday.
“We have to be able to finish games, and start off games right,” Bridges said. “If we can find that balance, I feel like we will be a really good team.”
Said Walker: “We have to find a way to balance these games out—to remain playing the same [throughout]. Sometimes we get kind of random with our defense and our offense. We just have to learn how to remain the same, and finish out these games.”
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