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Hornets collapse in the fourth quarter, lose to Bucks 108-99

The Hornets turned a 13 point fourth quarter lead into a nine point loss.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Milwaukee Bucks Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Hornets blew a 13 point fourth quarter lead and Kemba Walker left the game early with an injury in a disastrous fourth quarter that led to a 108-99 defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Hornets showed they meant business early, jumping out to a quick 7-0 lead. The Bucks quickly responded and tied the game up, which quickly became the theme of the game. The teams were never separated by more than seven points for the entire first half.

That continued into the early part of the second half. The teams traded buckets until about midway through the third quarter, when the Hornets started to build a bit of a lead. A Michael Kidd-Gilchrist free throw put the Hornets up 85-71, which would be their largest lead of the game. Entering the fourth quarter, the Hornets led by 11.

Then the train went off the rails.

The Hornets held steady early in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't for long. The Hornets made only five of 27 fourth quarter field goal attempts, including a goose egg from behind the arc on 11 attempts. It amounted to just 12 points in the period while the Bucks poured in 32 points of their own.

To make matters worse, Kemba Walker had to leave the game in the final moments with what the team is calling a mild neck strain.

With just over two minutes left in the game, Walker fell back while trying to recover a loose ball and hit his head and neck on Giannis Antetokuonmpo's legs.

After all the carnage and mayhem, the Hornets left the arena with a 108-99 defeat.

Up next is a visit from the New York Knicks on Monday.