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The quick and competitive start that the Charlotte Hornets prioritized on Saturday night unfortunately never came to fruition and set the stage for a 125-98 road loss to the LA Clippers at the STAPLES Center.

Miles Bridges was one of the brighter spots for the visitors and ended with a season high of 21 points in 7-of-11 shooting (season best 5-of-9 out of three), three rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes the end bank. Bridges only had one more game with more three-point field goals in his career when he knocked down six long balls against Toronto on January 8, 2020.

The Clippers hit a handful of hard punches in the first game, winning the frame 37-21 after scoring a quarterly field goal percentage of 71% (15 out of 21). Charlotte eventually straightened up just before the break, but LA kept pouring it out and went into halftime with a 22-point advantage. From then on, the Hornets never threatened the result and dropped their eleventh straight street meeting with the Clippers.

« I thought our boys fought tonight, » said coach Borrego after the defeat. “This season has been a difficult time. It’s a mental and physical burden. We have a young group that played for many minutes. They show up every night, keep fighting, keep playing and give me everything they have right now. We just have to stay on course and stay positive. It is a challenge. We have enough people in this room to do this. We just have to stay together and move forward. « 

He added: » It was a tough road trip. They are three very good teams and we knew that. We won’t let our heads down. We won’t call it a season. We have a lot of games to play. We have positioned ourselves very well here. We just have to be right and the most important game for us is on Monday evening. ”

Gordon Hayward recovered from a tough performance two nights before and ended with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. LaMelo Ball (13 points and three steals) and Devonte ‘Graham (11 points and three assists) also posted double-digit results for a Charlotte team who played without starting center Cody Zeller (left shoulder bursitis), Terry Rozier also left on the injury front (8 points in 2-of-10 shooting) the game in the second half with a bruise on his left hip.

Paul George recorded his fourth double-double of the campaign with 21 points (12 in the first quarter) and 10 Assists for the clip pers. Kawhi Leonard (17 points), Terance Mann (16), Lou Williams (15), Marcus Morris Sr. (13), Nic Batum (11) and Ivica Zubac (10) made it a total of seven LA players to the 10 point -Cross the plateau.

The hornets shot only 39% off the field, including a 15-of-41 clip behind the bow (37%). LA finished the race with a shooting share of 52%, prevailed in the quick break (16: 4) with 12 points ahead of Charlotte, scored 56 points in the color (28: 39) and sank all 23 attempts from the charity Stripes.

Charlotte will now travel to Texas for two competitions, the first of which will be played against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, March 22nd, starting at 8:30 p.m. EST. Experience the action on Fox Sports Southeast, the Fox Sports GO app, and WFNZ 610 AM or 102.5 FM.

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