Kennedy Meeks scored eighteen points as the NBA guys got shut down early, and the Charlotte Hornets ended their Summer League play with a wire to wire win over the Utah Jazz, 84-74.
The first quarter was the best quarter the Hornets have played so far in this Summer League. Dwayne Bacon struggled, connecting on just one of his five field goal attempts. The rest of the team combined to hit 12-of-13 shots and all three of their 3-pointers. Miles Bridges had a couple nice perimeter drives and a couple assists. Cody Martin had a couple nice passes into the interior and hit a 3-pointer. It was a good all around quarter. After one, the Hornets led 31-15.
The Hornets built on their lead in the second quarter. By the midway point in the period, the Hornets led 41-23, and nine players had scored. Bacon found the stroke, hitting three jumpers in the quarter to up his point tally to 11 by the half. Bridges provided the highlight of the half with this vicious slam after a Cody Martin steal.
At the half, the Hornets led 54-30.
Dwayne Bacon and Miles Bridges were shut down at halftime, so the rest of the game was played by newcomers, and it showed. Kennedy Meeks converted a three point play and JP Macura made a 3-pointer on back to back possessions, and that accounted for nearly half of the Hornets scoring in the quarter. The Jazz ended the quarter with 12 straight points, but the Hornets still led 67-52 heading into the fourth quarter.
The run carried into the fourth quarter, with the Jazz scoring the first five points before Josh Perkins ended the run with a breakaway dunk. Kassius Robertson gave us the highlight of the second half with this big time dunk.
That dunk was part of a good run of Hornets play that stymied a threatening Jazz push. From there, the Hornets cruised to victory.
Kennedy Meeks deserves some recognition for his strong finish to Summer League play. He didn’t generate any highlights, but he played a solid floor game in this one, scoring a team high 18 points to go along with ten rebounds and four assists.
This game wraps up Summer League for the Hornets. The next time we’ll see them in game action will be the beginning of October for the preseason.