Combining for just 20 points, with eight coming from the foul line, the third quarter featured 40 field goal attempts, 34 misses and a buzzer beater that was waved off because the ball wasn’t released before the clock expired.
Fittingly, the quarter ended in a tie at 47.
In a game pitting the worst team from each conference, Charlotte maintained its historic run at mediocrity by falling 75-67.
The two teams registered 142 points, one more than the lowest scoring total of the season.
The Hornets only had nine available players and each totaled at least 13 minutes as coach Monty Williams searched for an offensive spark.
A jump shot from New Orleans guard Greivis Vasquez opened the third quarter by slicing the Charlotte lead down to two.
Any semblance of an NBA game was then lost.
New Orleans went 7:58 seconds without scoring a single point, missed 15 straight shots.
Forward Jason Smith had consecutive shots blocked by Byron Mullens, with the second one going out of bounds with three seconds on the shot clock. Smith then fired a shot that hit nothing but backboard as the shot clock expired.
The misery seemed to be over as Jerome Dyson raced to the rim, ahead of two Charlotte defenders, only to attempt a dunk that clanked off the back iron.
Dyson’s layup with 3:45 remaining in the quarter ended the scoring drought and breathed new life into the contest for New Orleans.
Even with the Hornets offense collapsing, shooting 4-for-23 in the quarter, Charlotte managed to build just a five point lead.
The Bobcats missed their first four shots from the field, and both free throw attempts before Gerald Henderson’s layup and the foul put Charlotte up 42-37.
Charlotte bricked its next nine shots, connecting on just 2-of-17 attempts and scoring just eight points in the third quarter.
The 20 combined points were the fewest in one quarter in the NBA since 2004 as the two teams shot 15 percent from the field.
New Orleans scored the first three points of the fourth quarter and never surrendered the lead the rest of the way.
The loss marked the 17th straight for Charlotte, the longest in franchise history.
Nineteen players saw action last night, only Gustavo Ayon managed to shoot 50 percent from the field, as he sank 1-of-2 attempts in 24 minutes.
New Orleans shot 9.1 percent from three-point range, the Bobcats connected on 6.3 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
Despite 27 from Henderson, the third highest total of his three-year career, the 67 points marked the second fewest the team has scored all season.
The Bobcats shot just 30.3 percent from the field and made only 23 shots, both were their lowest of the season.
Charlotte was able to take away one positive from its performance, the loss clinched the team the best odds to land Kentucky forward Anthony Davis with first overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.
The freshman forward is expected to announce his entry into the draft later today, but if Monday was any indication of the team he is expected to play for next season, remaining with the Wildcats must be an appealing option.
The game drew an announced crowd of 10,876 to the Time Warner Cable Arena, but entire sections were vacant as the Bobcats clinched the worst record in the NBA.
Since its inception in 2004, Charlotte has finished each season fourth in the Southeast division, until last night.
The Bobcats haven’t won since defeating Toronto 107-103 on St. Patrick’s Day.
With just six games remaining, Charlotte (7-53) needs at least one victory to avoid finishing with a lower winning percentage than the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers (9-73), the worst team in league history.
Monday’s loss sent the Bobcats win percentage down to .117 and with games against Chicago, Memphis, Sacramento, Washington, Orlando and New York remaining, it can finsh below the .110 mark set by Philadelphia 39 years ago.
Charlotte has lost all three of its meetings with the Wizards, the second worst team in the league.
The Bobcats futility was on full display last night, the only hope is the top college prospect declares for the NBA Draft and lottery bounces their way.