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Charlotte Hornets give up 28 3-pointers, blow 11-point lead, in loss to the Utah Jazz

Rick Bonnell, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Basketball

The Charlotte Hornets came apart in the fourth quarter of a 132-110 loss Monday to the Utah Jazz.

The Hornets lost leading scorer Gordon Hayward in the fourth quarter, when he fell hard on his right wrist. Hayward went to the locker room and did not return to the game.

The Hornets led by as much as 11 points in the third quarter, and trailed by only one entering the fourth quarter. But they came apart in the first five minutes of the final 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 each scored 21 points for the Hornets. Donovan Mitchell finished with 23 points and eight assists for the Jazz.

Observations off the game:

 

GETTING TO THE RIM

The Hornets led at halftime 67-64 by getting into transition and attacking the rim. Charlotte outscored Utah in the lane 28-12.

That’s no simple task against Utah center Rudy Gobert, the NBA’s best rim-protector. However, Gobert committed two first-half fouls, which limited him to 13 minutes in the half and then meant he could be less aggressive defensively at the end of the half.

LOW-TURNOVER GAVE THEM A CHANCE

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