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Charlotte Hornets wrapup: Monday night’s road game vs. Utah Jazz

By Richard Walker

Notes and observations from Monday’s 132-110 Hornets’ road loss to the Utah Jazz that dropped Charlotte to 14-16 overall:

… For 2 1-2 quarters, the Hornets appeared to have a chance to spring an upset against the team with the best record in the NBA. Utah (25-6) trailed 81-70 with 7:03 left in the third quarter. But the Jazz outscored the Hornets 62-29 the rest of the game fueled by 15 3-pointers. “They got going,” Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego said. “That’s what they do.”

… Even worse for Charlotte, Gordon Hayward left the game with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter with what the team tweeted “re-aggravating a previous right hand injury” and did not return. “He’s just day-to-day. Obviously, we are all concerned,” Borrego said of Hayward. Said LaMelo Ball: “We asked ‘G’ and he said he was feeling kind of good. So we’ll just see from there I guess.”

… Hayward (21 points), Ball (21 points, seven rebounds), Malik Monk (20 points), P.J. Washington (17 points) and Terry Rozier (12 points) led Charlotte while Donovan Mitchell’s 23 points, Joe Ingles’ 21, Georges Niang’s 21 and Jordan Clarkson’s 20 led Utah. Niang hit all seven of his 3-pointers and Ingles hit seven of 10 3-pointers. “It’s hard to get back in the game when they’re hitting 3-pointers on like every possession,” Washington said.

… Utah’s 28 3-pointers in one shy of the NBA single-game team record of 29 set by Milwaukee in December.

… Momentum swung Utah’s shortly after a technical on the Hornets’ for too many players on the court. Borrego was unhappy with the technical and said one official saw they were making a sub and one didn’t. “One guys put it (the ball) in play and one guy didn’t see it,” Borrego said.

… Charlotte hasn’t had any fans at any of its home game but Utah allowed 3,902 to attend Monday’s game. “There was just more energy and juice in the building,” Borrego said. “Hopefully, we’ll get fans back in our building. It felt like a more normal type of game.”

What’s next: Charlotte continues the six-game West Coast road trip that closes the first half of the season on Wednesday at 9 p.m. at Phoenix (Wednesday). The trip continues at Golden State (Friday), Sacramento (Sunday), Portland (March 1) and Minnesota (March 3).