The Hornets jumped out to a 4-0 lead within the first 47 seconds of the game. It took three minutes for the Suns to score their first basket. When that basket came, the Hornets will still stuck on four points. Before the 6:16 mark of the first quarter, the teams had combined for just 11 points. Dwayne Bacon broke the seal with a mid-range jumper, which marked the start of what would be a very good night for him. Cody Zeller assisted on four straight Hornets baskets at one point as part of an 8-2 Hornets run, capped off by a Devonte’ Graham dunk in transition. The Hornets took a six point lead into the break.
Dwayne Bacon opened the scoring in the second quarter with a wild double clutch floater in the lane. He assisted Malik Monk for a corner three on the next possession. The Hornets took a 14 lead a short time later after back to back buckets from Dwayne Bacon. The Suns quickly answered with a 13-1 run to get back with two points. The teams went back and forth for a few minutes before a DeAndre Ayton dunk put the Suns up one with 1:51 left in the half. Neither team made another basket before halftime.
We got a brief showing of a Kelly Oubre vs Devonte’ Graham show in the third. Oubre finished with 11 points in the quarter. Devonte’ finished with seven points and five assists. The teams as a whole played the quarter almost dead even. The Suns held a narrow lead for most the quarter, but the Hornets wiped that out before the quarter ended. Bacon tied the game at 71 with 13 seconds left in the quarter.
The Hornets scored the first bucket of the fourth to take the lead, but it was quickly wiped out by a 14-4 Suns run. Both teams went cold after the Suns took that eight point lead, going over two-and-a-half minutes without a point before Devonte’ Graham broke the seal by getting fouled while attempting a 3-pointer. The Hornets pulled as close as one, but some untimely turnovers let the Suns take their lead back. Dwayne Bacon, on the floor late thanks his strong play throughout the rest of the contest, committed the backbreaker. He dribbled off his defender’s foot but was able to dive on the floor and recover the loose ball in the back court. The coaching staff tried to call timeout, but it wasn’t acknowledged as Bacon tried to roll it to a teammate. It was stolen by the Suns and taken in for the easy dagger bucket.
Dwayne Bacon earned player of the game honors for his 24 point performance, but he wasn’t the only Hornet to put up big numbers. Devonte’ Graham scored 22 points and dropped eight assists. Miles Bridges and Cody Zeller stuffed the stat sheet. Bridges finished with 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block. Zeller had 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
This loss makes four in a row for the Hornets after a surprising road win in Dallas. They’ll try to snap the losing skid on Monday night in Portland.