The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 138-109 on Friday night thanks to a season-high 39 points from Terry Rozier and 51 points overall, matching an NBA record. Golden State’s 51-point quarter versus Denver in 2019 still stands as the NBA record for a first quarter. The number of points scored at any time was also a club record. The Hornets, who had a 45-17 advantage at the end of the first quarter, made 20 of 29 shots (69%), including 7 of 14 from beyond the arc.
The Buffalo Braves, who put up a 58-point fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in 1972, hold the record for the most points ever scored in any period.
Charlotte nevertheless concluded the first half with 84 points, another franchise high, despite the Bucks outscoring the Hornets 33-32 in the second quarter. Terry Rozier, a guard for the Hornets, had 25 points overall at the half, followed by teammate LaMelo Ball, who scored 19 points in just six minutes on the court. Also Read: LeBron James and Kevin Durant lead the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting
Triumph that set a record for the Charlotte Hornets
After a little more than a minute, the Bucks had a 6-3 advantage thanks to three-pointers from Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen.
The floodgates for Charlotte had hardly opened when the Hornets responded with an 11-0 run.
The figures grew startling.
With 51 points, the Hornets tied an NBA record for a first-quarter scoring output. Additionally, it matched Charlotte’s all-time high for points in a quarter.
For Charlotte, Terry Rozier was scorching hot, scoring 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting with three three-pointers.
With two minutes remaining in the quarter, the Bucks were down 45-17, and coach Mike Budenholzer had already used two timeouts in an effort to halt the slide. In the quarter, they also gave Budenholzer a technical foul. Also Read: Lauri Markkanen scores 49 points, a career high, against the Rockets
Statements from both teams’ coaches
“Early on, we made a lot of shots. Steve Clifford, head coach of the Hornets, remarked, “We played really four good quarters”. “The openers were excellent; they set the mood. The players who came off the bench also performed well. The play was the longest-lasting, best-solidified one we’ve had so far this year.
“We made mistakes in defence. They played effectively in transition, collected many of the offensive rebounds, and shot extremely well, according to Bucks centre Brook Lopez. “It wasn’t just one thing; it was a variety of things”.
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