Miles Bridges scored 23 points, including four 3-pointers made, Cody Martin scored 15 points, and Dwayne Bacon and Josh Perkins poured in 14 apiece, but it wasn’t enough as the Charlotte Hornets fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 106-96.
The Hornets jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on a couple of very nice perimeter drives from Miles Bridges and Devonte’ Graham. The team hit a lull in the middle of the quarter and struggled to make shots. That lull ended with a pair of Bridges 3-pointers on consecutive Hornets possessions. The rising sophomore ended scoring the Hornets final eight points of the frame as the Hornets went into the second quarter down 26-23.
The beginning of the second quarter was quintessential summer league basketball. Both teams struggled to score and played sloppy ball. That was encapsulated by a possession in which Cody Martin almost turned the ball over on a couple occasions before driving the lane and connecting on a layup while getting fouled. Dwayne Bacon got going a little bit late in the quarter with a couple buckets and a couple trips to the free throw line. However, porous defense by the Hornets on the other end let the Spurs pull ahead. The Spurs ended the half on a 14-4 run and took a 52-45 lead into the break.
After quickly falling behind by nine points, the Hornets NBA vets pulled the team back into the game. Graham, Bridges, and Bacon scored the first 14 Hornets points of the half to level the score. The Spurs went on a run, but it was countered by Josh Perkins. After hitting a pair of difficult 3-pointers in the second quarter, he did the same in the third. However, he missed an attempt at the buzzer, so the Hornets went into the fourth quarter down 74-70.
The teams traded baskets for the first half of the fourth quarter before the Spurs went on a 12-2 run to turn a one point deficit into a nine point lead. Cody Martin hit a 3-pointer and Miles Bridges made a tough and-1 off an offensive rebound to get the Hornets back into the game. The Spurs weathered the storm and closed the game out with a few consecutive scores.
Miles Bridges was the Hornets MVP of this game. He showed some impressive scoring prowess both inside and out. He handled the ball well and ran the offense for a lot of the second half.
Dwayne Bacon and Devonte’ Graham were much quieter than in the opener. The duo combined to shoot just 7-for-23 from the field, though Graham did hit a couple impressive trey balls. Neither found the same openings they did against the Warriors.
Cody Martin had another extremely rough first half on the offensive end, but he finished strong. He hit two 3-pointers late while the Hornets scratched and clawed to stay in the game. He scored 15 points, but a lot of those came with the game practically out of reach.
Josh Perkins showed some impressive shot making. He hit two very difficult step-back 3-pointers as part of his 4-for-7 shooting from deep. He’ll be a player to watch moving forward.
After a rough start to the game, JP Macura made a few very impressive plays in the second half. He struggled with his shot, but made a couple nice passes and had a wild, falling put-back off an offensive rebound.
The Hornets will try to get back in the win column against the Chinese national team on Monday night.