Recap: Charlotte Hornets fall to Atlanta Hawks in double overtime

Charlotte Hornets Devonte' Graham. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Devonte' Graham. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

After almost securing a road win, the Charlotte Hornets could not pull off the win in double overtime against the Atlanta Hawks.

The Charlotte Hornets came into this game and played some of their best offensive basketball of the season. However, the Atlanta Hawks somehow found a way to upset the Hornets 143-138 in double overtime.

This game was fairly close for the majority, as both teams played well on offense. The Hornets finished shooting 47% from the floor, while the Hawks finished shooting 55%.

This game was very close in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, but a questionable review changed the game from possibly ending in regulation.

The officials called a foul on Treveon Graham, as Terry Rozier was driving to the rim. After reviewing this foul, the officials determined it was a foul on Graham. However, the Hawks challenged the official’s review, and then the officials determined that Rozier committed an offensive foul.

Fans took to social media to share their frustration on the strange review. However, fans will not be able to understand how the Hawks were able to challenge this, until the NBA releases the Two-Minute Report.

Following the game, Coach James Borrego had some choice words about the officiating. While he was proud of his young players, he did not like some of the calls that were made.

Even with the loss, the Hornets had some players play exceptionally well in this one. Terry Rozier had the best game of his career, as he finished with 40 points, four rebounds, and eight made three-pointers.

Devonte’ Graham followed Rozier up by finishing with 27 points and ten assists.  Caleb Martin also had the best game of his career, as he finished with 23 points, four assists, and three steals. Each bench player who played in the game finished with 10+ points.

The most amazing stat from this game was how well the Hornets took care of the basketball. The Hornets finished by only committing five turnovers; this is rare to do when a team finishes a game in double overtime.

The worst stat of the night was how badly the Hornets were outrebounded. In this loss, the Hawks outrebounded the Hornets 53-35; this was a reason why the Hawks got so many extra opportunities.

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With this loss, the Hornets fall to 22-42, and the team remains at the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference standings. The Hornets will finish up their two-game road trip on Wednesday night, as they take on the Miami Heat for the second time this season.