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Charlotte Hornets Beat Oklahoma City Thunder With Terry Rozier's Leading 24 Points

Bryan Dijkhuizen

The Charlotte Hornets trounced the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-98 on Friday night, led by Terry Rozier's 24 points, Miles Bridges' 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the play of the whole team.

Charlotte has won seven of its last eight games, with P.J. Washington scoring 20 points and Gordon Hayward adding 16. LaMelo Ball led the Hornets in scoring with a total of 10 points.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder in scoring with 29 points in the first half but was restricted to just four in the second. Josh Giddey contributed 21 points, while Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had a double-double by scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

In the third quarter, after Oklahoma City had trimmed Charlotte's lead to 82-73 on Robinson-3-pointer Earl's with 4:06 left to play, Charlotte extended their advantage to a game-high 25 points on a 3-pointer by Bridges to take a commanding 25-point lead.

The Hornets' sole defeat in the prior eight games came against Orlando, who was bottom in the Eastern Conference at the time.

The Hornets trailed 2-0 early in the game against a squad that was already out of postseason contention, but they never relinquished the lead after getting it back.

"That was what we talked about at halftime was slowing them down in transition," Giddey said of the Thunder's performance, in which they kept Charlotte close in the final three quarters after a lopsided first.

In the first quarter, Charlotte had a one-point lead, with Oklahoma City closing to within one point at 13-12 on Giddey's goal. The Hornets, on the other hand, finished the quarter on a 24-8 run to grab a 37-20 lead.

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