The Charlotte Hornets rallied late, but came up short against the Detroit Pistons in their fourth game of the Orlando Summer League, losing 87-82. Johnny O’Bryant III led the way with 26 points on 10-18 shooting, along with four rebounds.
O’Bryant got off to a remarkable start, going 6-6 from the field to start the game. He made a number of aggressive, NBA moves to at the hoop, going toe-to-toe with Detroit’s Henry Ellison, who finished with a game high 29 points.
Charlotte led for much of the first half, if only by a small margin, but trailed by two entering halftime. The game remained close throughout much of the third and fourth quarters, until the Pistons took a 10 point lead midway through the fourth. It looked all but over, but Charlotte rallied to close within two points with around two minutes remaining. They couldn’t get stops on the defensive end, however, and the Pistons managed to hang on.
The Hornets were without Treveon Graham today, who sat out with a sore left hamstring. With Graham’s absence, the onus was put on O’Bryant to be the aggressor on offense. While his shot selection wasn’t always the best, he executed a number of moves at and away from the basket that showcased his potential on the offensive end. If there was ever a game to make a case to be on the regular season roster, it was today.
While he scored mostly at the rim, he showed a bit of potential as a 3-point catch-and-shoot scorer. This find from Briante Weber gave him 26 for the game:
Aside from O’Bryant, the Hornets got 14 points from Dwayne Bacon following the 17 he scored yesterday. His shooting percentage was poor at just 29.4 percent (5-17 for the game), but did make a few tough shots, including this off-balance layup:
Anthony Gill also had a nice game, finishing with 15 points on 6-11 shooting, along with four rebounds. Kris Joseph continued to shoot well from beyond the arc, making 3-3 in route to 12 points in his first start of OSL. Finally, while only scoring six points, Weber finished with a team high seven assists, along with six rebounds, and only two turnovers.
CORRECTION: Today’s loss eliminates the Hornets from the championship game, but they will play tomorrow morning against the Orlando Magic at 10:00 a.m.