ATLANTA (AP) – Miles Bridges scored 32 points and the Charlotte Hornets, without four of their players, relied on their best long-range shooting game of the season to beat the Atlanta Hawks 130-127 on Sunday night. .
Bridges made all four of his 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points.RELATED
Kelly Oubre Jr. made six 3s and scored 28 points for Charlotte. The Hornets hit 17 3-pointers, their best record of the season.
Hawks coach Nate McMillan noted that the Hornets, despite their absences, were the best team in the NBA to catch and shoot.
John Collins led Atlanta with his best record of the year, with 31 points and 12 rebounds.
Among the four Charlotte players who could not participate after being placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols are leading scorer LaMelo Ball, in addition to point guard Terry Rozier, their third best scorer, and two players from the normal rotation – the center Mason Plumlee and forward Jalen McDaniels. They will be out for at least 10 days.
Oubre, Ish Smith and Nick Richards made the starting lineup.
Bridges’ 3-pointer with 4:26 to play gave Charlotte the lead 115-113, one they no longer lost. Oubre added another key triple to increase the difference to 122-116.
A shot from Trae Young with 22 seconds cut Charlotte’s lead to three points. Young had 25 points and his best record of the year with 15 assists.