After starting the summer league with two straight close wins, the Hornets came crashing back to Earth, dropping their first game of the Las Vegas Summer League to the Boston Celtics, 100-80, on Monday night. Miles Bridges led the Hornets with 20 points and seven rebounds.
The Hornets struggled to get going in the first quarter trailing by as many as 13 points early on. However, Bridges, Dwayne Bacon, and Devonte Graham gave their best efforts to keep Charlotte in the game. In the end, a poor defensive performance allowed the Celtics to score 30 first quarter points. It didn’t feel like the same Hornets summer league team from the previous two games.
Charlotte struggled in the beginning of the second quarter scoring four points in the first 4:01 of the period. Despite that, the quarter seemed to go back and forth. The Hornets even had the deficit down to single digits at one point. J.P Macura made a few big hustle plays to get the Hornets back in the game. They still trailed at halftime, but only by nine points despite shooting 32 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from the 3-point line.
The third quarter was a repeat of the first. Athough Bridges started to get going from 3-point range, the team wasn’t able to generate stops consistently. Jared Uthoff made a big contribution along with Guerschon Yabusele in the quarter, and Boston continued to stay consistent and pushed lead back up to double digits.
In the fourth, the Celtics began to pull away. The Hornets were able to get baskets, but unable to get defensive stops. It really described how the game went for Charlotte. A few players got technical fouls in the second half from Macura to Willy Hernangomez. It was a frustrating game for the Hornets to say the least.
Overall, Miles Bridges finding his shot was a positive for Charlotte. His 20 points cam on 8-for-17 shooting and 4-for-10 from 3. Hernangomez added another double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks. The Celtics had seven players in double figures en route to the blowout win. Now, the Hornets await an opponent to be determined in the knockout stage of the summer league.