Hornets late game woes continue in loss to Nets

Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

Once again the Charlotte Hornets found themselves in a close game and once again the Hornets were unable to secure the win, falling to the Brooklyn Nets by a 122-116 final margin.

Terry Rozier poured in 29 points to lead the Hornets while Kyrie Irving put up 33 points to carry the Nets.

With the loss, the Hornets now sit at 7-18 on the season.

What went right for the Charlotte Hornets?

Terry Rozier and Kelly Oubre Jr. both went off

As mentioned, Rozier poured in 29 points, marking his new season high. Meanwhile, Kelly Oubre Jr. posted 28 points of his own, tied for his third-most in a game this season.

Both Rozier and Oubre Jr. are averaging career highs in points this season, with Rozier scoring 21.7 points per night and Oubre Jr. scoring 20.4 points per night.

Mason Plumlee enjoyed a solid night

Playing against the team that drafted him, Mason Plumlee posted 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists in 34 minutes of action. Plumlee is on pace to set a new career high in double doubles, as he now has 10 through the first 25 games of the season. His current career high for double doubles in a season is 19 during the 2016-17 season.

What went wrong for the Charlotte Hornets?

Free throw shooting

The Hornets went just 12/23 (52.2%) from the foul line, their worst performance from the charity stripe in a game this season. The 11 missed free throws is also a new season high for Charlotte. In a game that the Hornets lost by six points, it is fair to say that free throw shooting may have cost them the win.

Clutch time continues to be an issue

Two days after blowing a fourth quarter lead and losing by two points to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Hornets were once again unable to come away with the win in a close game.

The Hornets have now lost 11 games by 10 points or fewer, including each of their last three games.

What is next for the Charlotte Hornets?

Friday, December 9th- vs. New York Knicks (7:00 p.m.)