Thunder vs. Hornets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Thunder vs. Hornets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Thunder vs. Hornets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Oklahoma City Thunder (14-31) play against the Charlotte Hornets (20-20) at Spectrum Center

Game Time: 7:00 PM EST on Friday January 21, 2022

Oklahoma City Thunder 98, Charlotte Hornets 121 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Chad Ford @chadfordinsider
Top Rookies on Fri
Cade Cunningham, 25 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl, 3 blk
Jalen Suggs, 22 pts, 4 reb, 9 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
Scottie Barnes, 27 pts, 8 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl
Josh Giddey, 21 pts, 9 reb, 3 ast
Jeremiah Robinson Earl, 12 pts, 11 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl – 12:44 AM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
“I thought our mindset was there tonight…there was some adversity and we responded to it… We started getting some stops and putting together a run. A very solid performance tonight.”
🔗: https://t.co/99Dmhz1ma0 | @HusqvarnaUSA pic.twitter.com/OFnJWEgUtf11:12 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Coming into tonight, Facu Campazzo was a -212, the 17th worst +/- in the NBA. He’s a game-worst -23 tonight in 16 minutes.
The only players with a worse overall +/- all play for DET, ORL, HOU, OKC, and NOP. – 11:03 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Dejounte Murray joins David Robinson as the only players with consecutive triple-doubles in franchise history.
23/10/14 vs OKC
25/12/10 vs Nets tonight
He has 9 triple-doubles this season, the most in Spurs history. pic.twitter.com/bjhV39JPX410:53 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Five takeaways from the Thunder’s 121-98 loss at Charlotte: oklahoman.com/story/sports/n…10:38 PM
PJ Washington @PJWashington
Another one let’s keep it going #Allfly10:33 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Bulls are the best shooting three-point team in the NBA at 38.8%. That’s a full percentage point better than No. 2 Charlotte. They’re 6-for-33 tonight (18.2%).
#Bucks lead 83-79 with 4:20 to go. – 10:29 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
With a 23-point loss at Charlotte and a 22-point loss at San Antonio, it’s the first time the Thunder has lost back-to-back games by double digits since Dec. 10 and 12.
OKC has lost nine of its last 10, but it’s been mostly competitive before this trip. – 10:05 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
💥 Double-Double MACHINE.
Get half-off @yourlocaldomino tomorrow with code HORNETS! pic.twitter.com/uQKQXDhvnl9:45 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁
#AllFly | @Lowes pic.twitter.com/xeMWQg4J709:43 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Thunder fans more upset than 76ers fans for Philly blowing a 20 point lead vs the Clippers. pic.twitter.com/wxNKWN8mGX9:40 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Just like our defense, we’re all LOCKED IN 🔒
@Waste_Pro_USA | #AllFly pic.twitter.com/4zxryB6irH9:37 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Terry: 24 PTS, 9 AST, 5 REB
Miles: 22 PTS, 13 REB
PJ: 20 PTS, 6 REB
Gordon: 16 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
LaMelo: 10 PTS, 9 REB, 8 AST
Hornets: W
#AllFly | @drpepper pic.twitter.com/LDTHGE1OsP9:35 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Lakers needed that one. LBJ was great. Tremendous second half energy from Stanley Johnson. ‘Melo caught fire. Now comes the most brutal stretch of the season: Miami, Brooklyn, Philly, Charlotte, Atlanta. Sunday-Sunday. – 9:32 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
James Borrego said he thinks Jalen McDaniels will miss some time with his ankle injury. He will know more after checking with the training staff. – 9:30 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Tonight’s @HusqvarnaUSA Player of the Game is @Miles Bridges!
#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/a46vdzcp6f9:29 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA and Giddey: 50 points on 20-40 shooting
Not SGA and Giddey: 48 points on 17-58 shooting – 9:20 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
HORNETS WIN!
HORNETS WIN!
HORNETS WIN!
HORNETS WIN!
HORNETS WIN!
#AllFly pic.twitter.com/MCc5hzFAeT9:18 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
Final: #Hornets 121, Thunder 98
That’s wins in 7 of their last 8 games
Terry Rozier 24 pts, 9 ast, 5 rebs
Miles Bridges 22 pts, 13 rebs
PJ Washington 20 pts, 6 rebs
Gordon Hayward 16 pts, 7 rebs, 4 ast
LaMelo 10 pts, 9 rebs, 8 ast
Up next: vs. Atlanta on Sunday – 9:16 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Kai Jones at the 2 and Thor at the 3? Sure why not – 9:16 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Career high in points for Josh Giddey, you love to see it. 21 points (10-17). – 9:13 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Miles Bridges did it all tonight.
22 PTS
13 REB
4 AST
3 STL
2 BLK
3 3PT pic.twitter.com/okbirfhyVr9:12 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Josh Giddey had a career-high 21 points tonight on 10-of-17 shooting. – 9:12 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Josh Giddey has a career high 21 points. First time he’s hit the 20 point mark.
Many, many, many more to come. – 9:09 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
WATCH YA HEAD! 🤯✈️
@Miles Bridges | #NBAAllStar | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/QaO4DiHEbH9:07 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Wrote about the Thunder’s young players adjusting to the NBA schedule. This is OKC’s longest road trip so far, and it certainly shows.
oklahoman.com/story/sports/n…9:07 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Alley oop from @Miles Bridges, how can you not want him in the #NBAAllStar game?
pic.twitter.com/waIK3qFpuk9:06 PM

Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Hornets announcers are pronouncing James Bouknight’s name only slightly better than @SukeLephens on @DownToDunk9:02 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
T3️⃣3️⃣3️⃣RY‼️ 👌
@Terry Rozier | #NBAAllStar | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/8lqlm1RSdC9:01 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
James Bouknight-Miles Bridges alley oop. – 9:01 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
James Bouknight enters and the crowd gives him a nice ovation. He’s getting PT with #Hornets up 106-82. – 8:59 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Hornets have become so good at rotating to fill the corner from the baseline after someone drives out of the are, it’s obviously been an area of focus – 8:58 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Great hustle KO 💪
@Kelly Oubre | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/KURGzn6I4c8:55 PM

Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Hornets broadcast telling a cool story about Aaron Wiggins. He went to Maryland and began the season starting as a freshman. Went to coach Mark Turgeon and said he would come off the bench if needed. Wound up winning Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year Winner as a sophomore. – 8:54 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Terry Rozier is taking ankles. – 8:49 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Still Cruisin’ 🏁😏
#AllFly pic.twitter.com/Bq3Begdw3A8:47 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Thunder have outscored the Hornets by 4 points in Josh Giddey’s 24 minutes.
Thunder have been outscored by 22 points in the 12 minutes Giddey has been on the bench. – 8:47 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
End of 3rd Q: #Hornets 93, Thunder 75 – 8:45 PM
John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
This Giddey pass had me fooled. pic.twitter.com/U13ZjkCLH18:40 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
Season-best six made 3-pointers for PJ Washington. He’s missed just one of his seven attempts. Has 18 points off the bench. – 8:38 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
22 point first half Thunder deficit down to single digits in the 3rd quarter.
Or, ya know, every OKC game this season. pic.twitter.com/WVUB3k7GcK8:38 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
I don’t understand why Charlotte aren’t just putting two on the ball with Giddey/Shai to stop the dribble penetration like they do with the primary options on other teams. – 8:36 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
The Thunder, which trailed by 22, has cut the Hornets’ lead to nine points with 3:29 left in the third. – 8:35 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Shifting gears in the right direction 🏁📸
#AllFly | @23XIRacing pic.twitter.com/DmZStpQPQR8:31 PM

James Plowright @British_Buzz
When LaMelo briefly set that screen it made me realize that might be the first time I’ve ever seen him set a screen for a ball handler. Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me, but it certainly registered – 8:30 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Last play of the half: Giddey ran down a bad pass, wrestled it from a Hornet, saved it from out of bounds, spun around and whipped a one-handed-off-handed pass to SGA who hit a tough layup on a hard foul.
Shai and Josh came to play. – 8:11 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Yeah yeah the Hornets are up by 17 at halftime.
But SGA and Giddey have been fantastic.
SGA: 22 points on 8-13
Giddey: 12 points on 6-8
Win or lose, the young OKC duo continues to show out. – 8:08 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Strong First Half! 🏁
#AllFly pic.twitter.com/o23bMFWWP88:06 PM

James Plowright @British_Buzz
Ugly execution to finish the half but overall good enough from the Hornets – 8:05 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Halftime: #Hornets 69, Thunder 52
Terry is scary with 17 points. Must be hyped up by his appearance on The QC Hornets Nest today. – 8:04 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
SGA and Josh Giddey are a combined 11-of-13 at the rim. They’re getting there at will. The Thunder’s issue is on the other end. – 8:03 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
T-RO‼️ 👌
#NBAAllStar | @Terry Rozier | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/3crk5591kb8:02 PM

Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR
INJURY UPDATE: @Charlotte Hornets forward Jalen McDaniels left tonight’s game in the 2Q with a left ankle sprain and is doubtful to return #AllFly7:59 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Kenrich Williams is back to doing Kenrich Williams things. Runs down his missed free throw, sinks a corner three. – 7:53 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Jalen McDaniels has to be helped off after taking a tough spill. – 7:51 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Nice showcase game for the NBL when you’ve got Josh Giddey and LaMelo Ball whipping passes all over the place. Fun to see these two on the court together. – 7:51 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Oubre with super active hands tonight, forced two live ball steals and deflected a few more balls. Thunder driving right into Hornets best help defenders. – 7:45 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
13 fast break points for the Hornets in the first quarter – 7:37 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA and Giddey: 16 points on 7-13 shooting
Not SGA and Giddey: 4 points on 1-11 shooting – 7:37 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
End of first quarter: #Hornets 37, Thunder 20
PJ Washington is 3 for 3 from 3 and has 9 points
Hornets hit 15 of 23 shots (65.2%) – 7:35 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
End 1Q: Hornets 37, Thunder 20
OKC’s lackluster defense in San Antonio has traveled to Charlotte. The Hornets are shooting 65%. – 7:35 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Kenrich Williams in for the Thunder. His first game in 12 days. – 7:33 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Hornets allowing Shai/Giddey to get to the rim too easily for a team with no outside shooting. Hornets also cold from outside despite getting good looks – 7:31 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Josh Giddey took a spill and came up limping. After checking him on the bench, Thunder trainers are taking him to the locker room. – 7:31 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
the rookies are real and they’re spectacular
@Josh Giddey ↔️ @Aaron Wiggins pic.twitter.com/rgPh1BHujG7:31 PM

James Plowright @British_Buzz
PJ Washington ditches the braids and sinks his first three after 16 straight misses – 7:27 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
MELO ➡️ MASON 💥
#AllFly | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/pqEcGE5f9h7:23 PM

James Plowright @British_Buzz
Hayward REALLY wanted to turn the ball over on that last possession – 7:18 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Expected Lu Dort to guard LaMelo Ball, but Aaron Wiggins is getting the assignment.
Dort is on Miles Bridges. – 7:14 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder assistants Mike Wilks and David Akinyooye are in health and safety protocols. – 7:11 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
City starters in Charlotte ❄️
Presented by @EnergyTransfer pic.twitter.com/baLnuDgG0q7:10 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Homecoming game tonight for Aaron Wiggins, who’s from Greensboro, N.C. – 7:03 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Friday Night Hoops ❄️
📍 – BUZZ CITY
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📺 – @HornetsOnBally
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#AllFly pic.twitter.com/02VZ1LPNlc7:00 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
BEHIND THE SCENES: @NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and @NASCAR President @stevephelps are at the Hive for tonight’s game! 🏁
#AllFly pic.twitter.com/JUzTgyuRwT6:53 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Happy Birthday, @_mdiakite! 😎
🎨 | @7A_mountain pic.twitter.com/1w6C4h8FE26:50 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁
#AllFly | @CrumblCookies pic.twitter.com/dpJVIDua4Z6:46 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Giving up assets to trade away Russell Westbrook for John Wall sounds as ridiculous as giving up assets to trade away Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for Ben Simmons.
And yet somehow both those ideas have been floated today. – 6:39 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky”
@Shai Gilgeous-Alexander pic.twitter.com/KumrGCMuJK6:32 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
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Charlotte Hornets @hornets
No injuries to report vs OKC! 🙌
#AllFly | @NovantHealth pic.twitter.com/c8ldh9qvhy5:43 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Derrick Favors is available tonight, he was listed as questionable. Interesting as the Thunder have a back to back, would assume they’d want Favors for tomorrow vs Cleveland. – 5:43 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Derrick Favors (lower back soreness) is available tonight, per Daigneault. – 5:43 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Mark Daigneault said Kenrich Williams, who’s returning from health and safety protocols, will slot back into his regular role. – 5:42 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault announces the same starters:
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Lu Dort
Josh Giddey
Aaron Wiggins
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – 5:41 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder starters at Hornets:
– SGA
– Giddey
– Dort
– Wiggins
– Robinson-Earl – 5:40 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Speaking to Mamadi Diakite pregame.
“Happy birthday to me,” he says, getting up.
Diakite, genuinely a joy to talk to, turned 25 today. pic.twitter.com/zdsygRRNY85:23 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
PJ Washington is available to play against Oklahoma City.
“He should be good to go tonight.” — James Borrego pic.twitter.com/M1FHCT4dHV5:18 PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
#Cavs Lamar Stevens (knee soreness) is PROBABLE for tomorrow’s game against OKC. Rajon Rondo (hamstring) is QUESTIONABLE. – 5:10 PM
JD Shaw @JShawNBA
ESPN is picking up Knicks-Heat on January 26, dropping Grizzlies-Spurs. The network is also picking up Lakers-Hornets and dropping Celtics-Hawks on January 28. – 4:35 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Upcoming national television schedule changes involving the Knicks, Heat, Grizzlies, Spurs, Lakers, Hornets, Celtics and Hawks: pic.twitter.com/cvIuYkGA9q4:34 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
OFFICIAL: Our game vs the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Jan. 28, will start at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, the game will now be nationally televised on ESPN.
🔗: https://t.co/HQ1CiAloAR pic.twitter.com/ldEZolgAmN4:33 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
#Hornets game next Friday against the Lakers will now be broadcast on @espn and the game time has changed to 7:30 p.m. It will mark the Hornets fifth national TV broadcast of season. That’s already the most national TV games in a season since the team returned to Charlotte. – 4:32 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
These are the right guys for the job… No 🧢. Literally 😂
Keep voting! 🗳⭐️
#NBAAllStar | #AllFly pic.twitter.com/OaCUoS42LC3:51 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
The Thunder departs from the Alamo and sets out to the Eastern Conf. for the final two games of its four-game road trip. The Queen City marks the first stop on back-to-back to take on the Hornets.
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📝 | https://t.co/rEv0fCxL1B pic.twitter.com/gNC8keuW7v3:34 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
“It was very exciting to watch him in the @NBL… Watching the success that @LaMelo Ball had with the @illawarrahawks got me excited and helped me make my decision.” 🇦🇺
📝@sam_perley | #AllFly2:29 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
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Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
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Charlotte Hornets @hornets
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@LaMelo Ball x #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/XvWXmw7nxi1:10 PM

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