Thunder, Hornets combine for worst 3-point shooting in NBA history
Teams have off shooting nights from time to time. Sometimes, both teams in a game will get cold. However, Friday’s matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Charlotte Hornets took that to a whole new level.
The Thunder would go on to win the game 104-102 in overtime but both teams would combine to go a horrid 12-70 from the three-point line. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the 17.1 percent the teams shot from deep is the worst in NBA history among games where at least 60 three-pointers have been attempted.
Over 2,400 such games have occurred in NBA history and increased three-point attempts are increasingly commonplace in today’s “pace and space” era.
Both the Thunder and Hornets rank in the bottom half of the league in three-point percentage with OKC hitting only 34.4 of their shots from beyond the arc. Charlotte has faired slightly better at 35.4 percent.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 27 points in the game. However, the second-year guard only shot and made one three-pointer all game.
Hornets point guard Terry Rozier led his team with 26 points while hitting three of his nine attempts from beyond the arc.
Among the worst shooting performances from each team, breakout guard Devonte Graham launched 13 three-pointers but only connected on three. For the Thunder, veteran guard Chris Paul missed all six of his attempts from deep.
With the win, Oklahoma City moves 16-15 on the season and to the surprise of many, sit as the seventh seed in the Western Conference.
Charlotte, on the other hand, fell to 13-21 but are just 2.5 games behind the Orlando Magic for a playoff spot in the East.