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Bacon shines as Hornets defeat Thunder in OSL, 95-81

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The Hornets move to 2-1 in Orlando.

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Yesterday, the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 95-81 in their third game of the Orlando Summer League. Rookie Dwayne Bacon finished with 17 points on 6-12 shooting.

Bacon got things off to a good start, scoring his team’s first four points off jump shots. He scored six points in the first quarter, but Charlotte trailed 23-16 after the first.

An 8-1 run to start the second helped Charlotte tie the game at 24-24. The game remained tight until the final minutes of the half, when Kris Joseph knocked down one of his two 3-pointers of the game to make it a two possession game, and helped jumpstart a solid finish to the half that saw the Hornets lead by 9.

Treveon Graham, who finished with a team high 19 points, scored six in the first three minutes of the third quarter, capped off by a 3-pointer. Graham knocked down 3-4 from beyond the arc in the game, continuing his strong play in summer league.

Bacon got hot midway through the quarter, making a tough running layup followed by his only 3-pointer of the game a minute later. The Hornets took a double digit lead int the fourth, and held on for their second win of Summer League.

After two solid games, yesterday was Bacon’s first stand out performance. Focusing on his strengths — attacking the rim, and pulling up from midrange — the rookie found scoring opportunities and took advantage. While he was just 1-4 from the 3-point line, the one 3 he made came off a nice skip pass, a position Bacon could find himself in come the regular season. Here are his full highlights:

Other notes:

  • Kris Joseph led the bench unit in scoring with 12 points, and was the only other Hornets player to score in double figures.
  • Steve Clifford joined the NBA TV crew at halftime to discuss Dwight Howard and Malik Monk, but was also asked about Graham. Clifford spoke highly of Graham, calling him a “dependable” player that plays “mistake free.” He also spoke about Bacon, and his potential as a two-way player, and usage in the pick-and-roll. You can see the full interview here:

The Hornets return to the court today at 3 p.m. as they take on the Detroit Pistons.