Despite getting 20-plus points from both Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker, and scoring 60 points in the first half just days after taking more than six minutes to record a single point to start a game, the Charlotte Hornets lost a lead late and fell to the Phoenix Suns, 111-106.
The Hornets (6-19), saw their losing streak grow to four games as the team did not attempt a free throw in the fourth quarter. 11 of the team's 23 shots in the fourth quarter were 3-pointers, and only three went in. Jefferson finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Walker had 27 points, seven assists and zero turnovers, but shot 2-of-9 in the fourth quarter. Gary Neal added 13 points off the bench and Cody Zeller, playing with a broken nose, finished with seven points and nine boards. Lance Stephenson left the game with a groin contusion in the second half, but would return later in the game.
Gerald Green (23 points) and Goran Dragic (20) led the Suns (13-14), who had six players score in the double digits. The win snaps a six-game losing streak for Phoenix, who outscored the Hornets 57-45 in the second half to split the season series with Charlotte. They also had Markieff Morris ejected after he received two technical fouls in the second half.
Charlotte will look to get back on track Friday against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first of a back-to-back.