The Charlotte Hornets were unable to extend their winning streak beyond one game, falling to the Los Angeles Clippers by a final score of 126-105.
After the loss, the Hornets are now 8-24 through the season’s first 32 contests.
What went right for the Charlotte Hornets?
LaMelo Ball’s triple-double
LaMelo Ball posted a stat line of 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists, good for the seventh triple-double of his young career. Ball is now tied with Anthony Mason for the most triple-doubles in franchise history and has done so in 134 games compared to Mason’s 236 games.
The Hornets managed to swipe 15 steals, tied for their season high. They also managed 15 steals on November 14th in a win over the Orlando Magic. Théo Maledon led the way, recording four steals in just 17 minutes.
What went wrong for the Charlotte Hornets?
The entire first half
Charlotte found themselves down by 18 points after the first quarter and 31 points at halftime. The -18 point differential in the first quarter was Charlotte’s fourth-worst in the 128 quarters of basketball they have played this season, while the -31 point differential in the first half was their worst in the 64 halves of basketball they have played this season.
Three-point shooting woes continue
Charlotte shot just 9/31 (29.0%) from three-point range, tied for their tenth-worst percentage in a game this season. The nine made three-pointers are also tied for their tenth-fewest in a game this season. The Hornets are now shooting just 32.3% from three-point range on the year, the second-worst mark in the league.
What is next for the Charlotte Hornets?
Friday, December 23rd – at Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m.)