Thunder vs Hornets recap: Josh Giddey, shorthanded OKC beat Charlotte

The OKC Thunder concludes its five-game road trip with a battle against the Charlotte Hornets at 5 p.m. Sunday.

OKC is looking to snap a season-long losing streak of three games, but it’ll be without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (quad). Jalen Williams (ankle) is also listed as questionable.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between OKC (52-25) and Charlotte (19-58). The Thunder earned a 126-106 home win over the Hornets on Feb. 2.

Here's what you need to know about the matchup:

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Thunder vs. Hornets live score updates

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FINAL: OKC 121, Charlotte 118

OKC snaps its three-game losing streak.

Check out our takeaways HERE.

End third quarter: Thunder 86, Hornets 85

Charlotte trailed by as much as 14 points in the third quarter, but it refused to go away.

The Hornets closed the quarter on a 9-0 run, and Miles Bridges capped off the scoring spree with a mid-range jumper that cut the deficit to one point.

—Justin Martinez, Staff writer

Halftime: Thunder 65, Hornets 55

OKC extended its lead thanks in part to a scoring boost by Lindy Waters III.

Despite averaging just 2.9 points per game this season, the former Norman North and OSU standout scored seven points in 10 minutes during the second quarter alone.

—Justin Martinez, Staff writer

End first quarter: Thunder 31, Hornets 29

Josh Giddey attacked the rim in the first quarter.

The third-year guard racked up nine points on 4-for-7 shooting, all from inside the arc. Giddey also snagged six rebounds, and his strong start helped OKC take a 31-29 lead into the second quarter.

—Justin Martinez, Staff writer

How to watch OKC Thunder vs. Charlotte Hornets

Date: Sunday, April 7

Time: 5 p.m. CT

TV: Bally Sports Oklahoma

Live Stream: Fubo (watch for free)

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Injury report for OKC Thunder vs. Charlotte Hornets

OKC Thunder injury report

  • Ousmane Dieng (G League assignment) is out. Adam Flagler (G League two-way) is out. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (right quad contusion) is out. Keyontae Johnson (G League two-way) is out. Olivier Sarr (G League two-way) is out. Gordon Hayward (left posterior tibialis strain) is out. Jalen Williams (left ankle sprain) is out. Isaiah Joe (right ankle sprain) is probable.

Charlotte Hornets injury report

  • LaMelo Ball (right ankle tendinopathy) is out. Seth Curry (right ankle sprain) is out. Cody Martin (left ankle sprain) is out. Mark Williams (low back injury recovery) is out. Amari Bailey (illness) is doubtful. Leaky Black (abdominal strain) is questionable. Nick Richards (right plantar fascia discomfort) is questionable.

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Projected OKC Thunder starting lineup

  • Josh Giddey

  • Isaiah Joe

  • Lu Dort

  • Kenrich Williams

  • Chet Holmgren

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Projected Charlotte Hornets starting lineup

  • Vasilije Micic

  • Tre Mann

  • Brandon Miller

  • Miles Bridges

  • Grant Williams

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