Monday, June 27

Bridges, Hornets beat Lakers, 117-114

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Russell Westbrook had a choice to make at the end of regulation: push to the basket and try to send the game into overtime, or pull the trigger with a 3-pointer and go for the win. .

Westbrook went for the win, but his shot with 0.7 seconds left didn’t land, resulting in another loss for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Miles Bridges had 26 points, the rarely used Ish Smith provided a big boost off the bench with 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Lakers 117-114 on Friday night.

With stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis out with injuries, Westbrook had an impressive game scoring 35 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, while hoping the Lakers would bounce back from a 20-point deficit.

As for the final shot, he has no regrets.

“I just had two (three points) just before that, so I’ll live and die with that one,” Westbrook said.

Down by two, Westbrook received the ball at the top of the key with nine seconds remaining and spun to the left side of the court where he measured defender Miles Bridges. Sensing that Bridges was giving him enough room to shoot, Westbrook went for the win and stopped.

But the ball bounced off the rim and PJ Washington secured the rebound. Washington added a free throw with 0.2 remaining for the final margin.

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