The Charlotte Hornets took down the Golden State Warriors, 87-69, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League tournament. Dwayne Bacon led the Hornets with 19 points on 7-for-16 shooting, while Willy Hernangomez finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Miles Bridges added 17 points and eight rebounds.
Charlotte had a strong first quarter, particularly on the defensive end, as the Warriors shot just 5-for-21 from the field.
Hernangomez was the early leader offensively, scoring nine points including an open 3 from the corner.
Miles Bridges was active on the glass, but it took him a bit before he got warmed up shooting the ball.
Charlotte as a whole, meanwhile, hit a number of open 3-pointers and ended the first quarter up 24-14.
They built on that lead in the second, going up by as much as 16, but the Warriors came back and cut the deficit to four with under two minutes remaining.
The Hornets were able to finish strong, however, and Bacon capped it off with a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds remaining that sent the Hornets into halftime up by nine.
Golden State hung around for most of the third, keeping Charlotte’s lead around six points. The Hornets finished the quarter strong again, though, pushing their lead out to 11 after Bridges drove and finished a layup as time expired.
Bacon got the Hornets off to a strong start in the fourth, attacking the hoop on this big time move:
Charlotte pushed their lead to 12 off a Gabe Devoe 3-pointer. From there, Charlotte was off to finish the game strong.
Bridges got in on the action, attacking the hoop and finishing with his right (something I’ve noticed he does fairly often for a left-hander):
Charlotte pushed their lead to over 20 with under two minutes remaining and the benches cleared signaling the end.
The Hornets never trailed in this game, and looked good defensively in stretches. The coaching staff made no changes to the rotation outside of Shannon Scott starting in place of Devonte Graham, indicating that they may let the key players go the rest of the tournament.