NBA: Hornets stay hot, thrash Shai, Thunder

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Posted at Jan 22 2022 11:13 AM

Oklahoma City guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander drives past Hornets forward Kelly Oubre Jr. in their game on January 21, 2022. Sam Sharpe, USA Today Sports/Reuters
Oklahoma City guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander drives past Hornets forward Kelly Oubre Jr. in their game on January 21, 2022. Sam Sharpe, USA Today Sports/Reuters

Terry Rozier scored 24 points and the Charlotte Hornets stayed on a roll, defeating the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 121-98 on Friday night.

Miles Bridges had 22 points and 14 rebounds and P.J. Washington pumped in 20 points. Gordon Hayward's 16 points also helped the cause.

The Hornets have won 7 of their last 8 games.

Washington, who managed a total of 22 points in the previous 6 games combined, drained 6 3-pointers on 10 long-range attempts as he played for 27 minutes off the bench. Rozier finished with 9 assists.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander poured in 29 points and Josh Giddey racked up 21 points for the Thunder as the duo combined for 20 of the team's 37 field goals. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 12 points and 11 rebounds, but the Thunder's losing streak reached 4 games.

The Thunder closed within 82-73 by the 4-minute mark of the 3rd quarter. The Hornets responded with an 11-2 run to close the quarter, with Washington and Hayward connecting on 3-pointers during the stretch.

The margin grew to 106-82 on Rozier's 4-point play.

Oklahoma City made just 12 of 44 attempts from 3-point range. The Hornets were 17-for-49 from deep despite reserve Kelly Oubre Jr.'s uncharacteristic 0-for-6 showing on 3s in his 2nd game back from a COVID-19 protocol. Oubre was credited with 3 of the team's 9 steals.

The Thunder, who was hurt by 37.8-percent shooting from the field, failed to reach the 100-point mark for the 7th time in the last 12 games.

Gilgeous-Alexander went 8-for-9 on free throws, but no other member of the team got to the foul line for more than two attempts.

The Hornets hit 59.3 percent of their shots across the first 15 minutes, building a 42-24 lead.

This came after Charlotte led 37-20 through the first quarter, with seven players reaching the scoring column.

The Hornets led 69-52 at halftime despite Gilgeous-Alexander's 22 points.