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Hornets fall short in Chicago, 112-110

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The Hornets couldn't wrap up their road trip on a positive note and fall to 2-3 on the season.

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Charlotte just couldn’t get the job done as they fall short against the Chicago Bulls 112-110. This was the final game of the Hornets four game road trip, and they will head back to Charlotte Friday night for a rematch against the Bulls.

For the second straight game the Hornets struggled mightily on the defensive end as they could not buy a stop. Chicago shot 48% from the field and 34.5% from three point range. Zach Lavine got what he wanted on the offensive end, finishing the game with 32 points and the game winning free throws.

The Hornets refused to cover Bulls point guard, Cameron Payne, who finished with a career high 21 points. Every single one of Payne’s points came in the 2nd half from three. Seven three pointers, and just about all of them were wide open shots.

On the offensive side of the ball the Hornets shooting struggles continued from Monday night’s loss to the Toronto Raptors. Charlotte shot just 43.5% from the field, and a very poor 28.6% from three.

Kemba Walker led all Charlotte scorers again with 23 points and 6 assists. Malik Monk, Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams struggled shooting the ball tonight, all three shot 1-6 from three. Batum and Williams have yet to find their shot from the field and if this continues to be an issue Coach Borrego, may need to switch things up the starting lineup.

Tony Parker was the best spark off the bench as he scored 10 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hit not one, but two three pointers. The last time he made a three pointer was December 16, 2016.

Miles Bridges didn’t really play until the end of the third quarter. He checked in and immediately provided a much needed defensive spark. This saw him stay in the lineup until the final seconds of the game. He finished with 5 points 2 rebounds and an emphatic block that led to the Hornets going on an impressive run to regain the lead late into the game. Hopefully we can see more of this Friday night.

Hornets tip-off against the Bulls for the second straight game Friday night at 7:00 p.m.