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Hornets drop third straight game to Lakers, 110-99

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The Hornets could not keep up with Lakers in final minutes of a tight game.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Charlotte Hornets Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday night, the Charlotte Hornets continued their losing skid, dropping their third straight game to the Lakers, 110-99. In the second game in a home back-to-back, Charlotte looked abysmal.

The game started out well for the Hornets, as they took an early lead, 29-28, to end the first quarter. This pace continued, as Charlotte lead at halftime 56-52, and into the third quarter. Then, the typical Hornet's fourth quarter happened. The Lakers outscored Charlotte by ten points in the final period of play.

To lead the team, Dwight Howard had an impressive performance. He had 21 points and 12 rebounds, which is astonishing due to the fact that he played 43 minutes against Chicago on Friday night. Kemba Walker also had 18 points and four assists. Other notable stat lines include Malik Monk's shooting percentage of 14 percent, missing numerous lay-ups, and Johnny O'Bryant's 11 points and seven rebounds.

Monk, however, did have a few nice passes. In this play, he throws the alley-oop to Dwight Howard, who brings the house down:

At the end of the game, when the Laker's team was heating up, the Hornets could not keep up with Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma. Clarkson had 22 points, Ingram had 18, and Kuzma had 12. Lonzo Ball also had five points, five rebounds, and five assists, for those that care. (I'm looking at you, LaVar.)

The Hornets' next game will be against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, December 11th. Looking to end their current losing streak, it will not be easy, considering they will have to face a Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony trio.

It will certainly not be an easy task against a struggling OKC team, but, like most things, if there's a will, there's a way.