Gordon Hayward got here to Charlotte in search of an expanded function and a chance to show a struggling Hornets franchise right into a winner.
The 30-year-old small ahead is getting each achieved whereas enjoying among the greatest basketball of his profession.
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Hayward scored 34 factors and the Charlotte Hornets beat the New York Knicks 109-88 on Monday evening for his or her fourth straight win. Hayward has been on fireplace for the Hornets through the group’s profitable streak, averaging 29.2 factors whereas taking pictures 55% from the ground and 92% from the foul line.
“It has been loads of enjoyable enjoying with my new teammates and underneath this teaching workers,” Hayward stated. “I am having a good time. So long as we preserve doing our jobs and enjoying onerous each evening I believe the wins and losses will take are of themselves.”
Hayward scored 28 factors within the first half on Eight-of-12 taking pictures from the sector and 10-of-10 taking pictures from the foul line to provide the Hornets 57-50 lead at halftime. He completed 11 of 17 from the sector because the Hornets got here in with an aggressive method in opposition to a Knicks group enjoying on the second evening of a back-to-back.
“Because of this we introduced Gordon Hayward right here,” Hornets coach James Borrego stated. “He set the tone for us and got here out aggressive. He understands the importance of each sport.”
Devonte Graham had 19 factors and 7 assists for Charlotte, and P.J. Washington had 13 factors because the Hornets handed the Knicks their third straight defeat.
Kevin Knox had 19 factors to steer the Knicks, and Mitchell Robinson had 12 factors and 11 rebounds.
The Hornets scored 24 factors off 17 Knicks turnovers. Charlotte dedicated 10 turnovers whereas climbing above .500 for the primary time this season.
Knicks guard Austin Rivers stated everybody must take a “deep breath” and never fear in regards to the group’s dropping streak.
“We’ve got performed among the greatest groups within the NBA … and half of our group is out with accidents,” Rivers stated. “So guys should step up and be higher. Our protection has been horrendous and that has led to a nasty offense.”
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Julius Randle got here into the sport averaging 23.2 factors and 11.Eight rebounds per sport for the Knicks however was held to 11 factors and 5 rebounds and was a non-factor for a lot of the evening.
“Julius is getting double-teamed and triple-teamed proper now together with his put up up, making an attempt to get the ball out of his arms and we are able to function off of that,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeaux stated. “We’ve got to have good spacing, and proper now we’re hesitating a bit bit and I don’t need them to try this.”
LaMelo Ball, who grew to become the youngest participant in NBA historical past to document a triple-double on Saturday evening in opposition to the Hawks, was Three of 13 from the sector and completed with eight factors, a career-high 14 rebounds and 7 assists.
SHARING THE ROCK
The Hornets got here in main the league in assists and added 28 extra in opposition to the Knicks.
“When the basketball is transferring and also you’re getting open pictures and simple buckets it is simply enjoyable,” Hayward stated. “It is onerous to protect. … I’ve some nice teammates who can actually move the ball.”
Knicks: Rivers obtained his first begin of the season with Reggie Bullock dominated out with a sore hip. Rivers completed with 13 factors. … Shot simply 24% from Three-point vary and 39% total on the second evening of a back-to-back.
Hornets: Got here into the sport main the NBA with 29 assists per sport. … Hornets jumped out to a 19-5 lead.
Knicks: Return dwelling to face the Nets on Wednesday evening. New York is 2-Three at dwelling.
Hornets: Wrap up a three-game homestand Wednesday evening in opposition to the Mavericks.