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Hornets' LaMelo Ball, Miles Bridges team up for behind-the-back, windmill dunk

Feb. 4 (UPI) -- LaMelo Ball skipped a no-look, behind-the-back pass to Miles Bridges before the Charlotte Hornets forward smashed in a windmill dunk for one of the best finishes of the NBA season in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The play came in the second quarter of the 118-111 loss on Wednesday at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

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Charlotte trailed Philadelphia 39-23 with about 7:39 remaining in the first half when Ball took off for a breakaway and dribbled up the right flank. He then drew a defender away from the hoop as he neared the paint before he used his right hand to throw a behind-the-back pass to his left.

Bridges came flying into the paint and grabbed the feed before he put the ball in his right hand and did a full rotation before he stuffed it through the rim for a powerful finish.

"We became close as soon as we got here," Bridges told reporters, when asked about his chemistry with Ball. "We like fast pace and we want to get out on the run. ... LaMelo has been doing a good job of finding people [with passes]."

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The Sixers later went on a 12-2 run to push their first-half advantage to 24 points. They had a 64-42 lead at halftime. Charlotte outscored Philadelphia 69-54 in the second half, but could not close the deficit.

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Ball and Gordon Hayward scored 22 points apiece for Charlotte. Bridges had 16 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Devonte' Graham chipped in 18 points for the Hornets.

Joel Embiid had a game-high 34 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers. Tobias Harris had 26 points in the victory.

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The Hornets (10-12) host the Utah Jazz at 8 p.m. EST on Friday at Spectrum Center. The 76ers (16-6) host the Portland Trail Blazers at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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