The Charlotte Hornets got here aside in the fourth quarter of a 132-110 loss Monday to the Utah Jazz.
The Hornets misplaced main scorer Gordon Hayward in the fourth quarter, when he fell exhausting on his proper wrist. Hayward went to the locker room and didn’t return to the recreation.
The Hornets led by as a lot as 11 factors in the third quarter, and trailed by just one getting into the fourth quarter. But they got here aside in the first 5 minutes of the remaining quarter.
The Jazz made 28 3s Monday, topping the 26 they made in the prior victory over the Hornets in Charlotte.
Hayward and LaMelo Ball every scored 21 factors for the Hornets. Donovan Mitchell completed with 23 factors and eight assists for the Jazz.
Observations off the recreation:
Getting to the rim
The Hornets led at halftime 67-64 by stepping into transition and attacking the rim. Charlotte outscored Utah in the lane 28-12.
That’s no easy activity towards Utah heart Rudy Gobert, the NBA’s greatest rim-protector. However, Gobert dedicated two first-half fouls, which restricted him to 13 minutes in the half after which meant he could possibly be much less aggressive defensively at the finish of the half.
Low-turnover gave them an opportunity
The Hornets dedicated simply six first-half turnovers to the Jazz’s 10. That takeaway protection was key to the Hornets getting transition factors. Charlotte outscored Utah 14-5 in fast-break factors.
Struggle guarding 3-pointers
Hornets coach James Borrego decided at the begin of this season to prioritize defending the rim over defending the 3-point line. That has resulted in 4 video games this season when an opponent made 20 or extra 3s.
Nobody exploited that greater than the Jazz, who shot 26-of-50 from 3 in the first matchup with the Hornets in Charlotte. The first half Monday was little totally different; the Jazz made 13 of 29 3s, a forty five% common.
Devonte Graham’s knee damage
Guard Devonte Graham missed his second consecutive recreation with a left knee damage. He suffered that damage towards the San Antonio Spurs, and hasn’t find a way to play or observe for eight days.
(*28*) coach James Borrego mentioned pre-game. “Hopefully, we get him back soon.”
Graham’s analysis is left knee patella femoral discomfort. That is basically pain around the knee cap. Graham didn’t observe Friday or play Saturday towards the Golden State Warriors, however he did work out — capturing, dribbling and chopping — earlier than the Warriors recreation.
Terry Rozier, Mr. Clutch
The Hornets have been by far the NBA’s high staff in clutch time, outlined as the final 5 minutes of a recreation with the margin between two groups 5 factors or much less.
Terry Rozier has been central to that, notably after he made the buzzer-beating game-winner towards the Warriors Saturday. In 30 clutch-time minutes this season by way of Saturday, Rozier had scored 33 points on 53% capturing from the area and 54% from 3-point vary.
The Hornets are the NBA’s most effective staff in clutch time by a large margin. Entering the Jazz recreation, they have been outscoring opponents in clutch minutes by 53.3 points per 100 possessions. Second in that class is the Philadelphia 76ers at 34.8.