Dwayne Bacon led all scorers with 28 points and Miles Bridges stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals, but the Hornets fell to the Toronto Raptors in overtime, 87-84.
The Hornets jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead thanks to a nifty finish by Dwayne Bacon followed by a wide open J.P. Macura 3-pointer assisted by Miles Bridges. The Hornets built an 11-5 lead that overwhelmed the scoreboard, causing it to shut off and delay the game.
The game resumed after a 15 minutes delay. The Raptors scored immediately out of the break, and Miles Bridges responded with a thunderous right handed dunk in traffic.
A few minutes later, Miles Bridges attempted to complete the greatest basketball plays eyes have ever seen.
If Miles Bridges would’ve finished this... pic.twitter.com/qrHdlAULdm— Jerry Stephens III (@JR_StephNBA) July 14, 2018
The quarter ended with the Hornets nursing a 21-17 lead. The next period didn’t start so well for the Hornets. The first half of the period saw the Raptors outscore Charlotte 12-4 while the Hornets missed six of their first eight shots. Bridges threw down another thunderous dunk and found Macura on a backdoor cut to tie the game up at 37 apiece going into halftime.
The two teams traded baskets coming out of the half with the Raptors holding a three point edge at the first TV timeout. Dwayne Bacon started the half aggressively and scored nine points in the period, bringing him up to 17 points for the game. Bridges continued his athletic display finishing a half court lob from Shannon Scott with a dunk before hitting a 3-pointer out of an isolation situation. However, the Hornets couldn’t overcome the Raptors hot shooting from deep and went into the 4th quarter trailing 65-61.
The fourth quarter got off to a slow start. Dwayne Bacon hit another midrange pull-up and Bridges made a running hook a la Magic Johnson. Bacon then went on a personal six point run to give the Hornets a five point lead with under four minutes to play. The Raptors wouldn’t go down without a fight, as a Rawle Alkins layup tied the game at 80 with 54.5 seconds to go. After a couple of misses by both teams, the 4th quarter ended with that same score, leading to everybody’s favorite thing- overtime Summer League basketball!
A pair of Bridges free throws put the Hornets up two to start the period, but the Raptors responded with a 5-0 run to take a 3 point lead with 31 seconds to go. Bridges knocked down two more free throws after the Raptors fouled him immediately upon the Hornets inbounding the ball to bring the Hornets within 1. The Hornets looked like they got the stop they needed, but a late whistle put Chris Boucher on the line for the Raptors with 8 seconds remaining. After he converted both free throws, the Hornets rushed the ball up the floor. Bacon found Terry Henderson open in the corner, but he was unable to convert the tying basket. The Raptors secured the rebound and ran out the clock, completing their 87-84 victory.
With the loss, the Hornets Summer League campaign is over.