Hornets force OT with late flurry, then fall to double OT in Cleveland

By | November 19, 2022

Hornets vs. Cavaliers Highlights – 11/18/22

Oubre, Rozier, Washington mix for 90 PTS; Cleveland rebound in OT value hornets

After a shocking push late within the fourth quarter to pressure extra time, the Charlotte Hornets had been moments away from incomes one in every of their impossible wins in franchise historical past. However an unlucky rebound within the last seconds of extra time gave the Cleveland Cavaliers sufficient life to thwart the comeback try and ship the Hornets to a 132-122 double-overtime loss.

Kelly Oubre Jr. (34 factors) and Terry Rozier (28 factors) every recorded new season highs scoring within the loss, with the 2 additionally draining 5 3-pointers within the course of. PJ Washington had a season-high 28 factors and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the marketing campaign, additionally marking the second time this yr he has recorded consecutive 25-point performances.

Main for a lot of the evening, Cleveland drained a pair of free throws to go forward by 10 with 52 seconds left in regulation. Charlotte then shocked the Cavaliers by canning 3 factors on 4 of its subsequent 5 possessions – the final from a Rozier nook with a second remaining – to unexpectedly ship the sport into extra time.

Later, with about 15 seconds left within the further body, Donovan Mitchell tried a 3-point draw that hardly grazed the entrance of the rim and fell into the fingers of teammate Evan Mobley. He shortly kicked Darius Garland, who drained the equalizing shot from behind the arc. After Rozier missed an opportunity to complete him on the different finish, Oubre led a double extra time with a steal and a slam, however Cleveland responded with a late 12-0 run.

“The massive play was that there have been three of us, we stopped and the ball bought caught there, so to be sincere we had a little bit of unhealthy luck,” Hornets head coach Steve Clifford mentioned per the next. “I believe our guys did an excellent job after the primary quarter. Within the fourth quarter, our offense was an issue. Tonight was superior. We performed arduous tonight. It was nice to have Gordon again and we did a number of good issues. You want to have the ability to deal with disappointment, frustration, and success and transfer on. There’s a lot to study from tonight.

Nick Richards notched his third NBA double-double by scoring 13 factors and a career-high 14 rebounds off the bench. As Clifford talked about, Gordon Hayward got here again from an eight-game absence to complete with 13 factors on 5-of-14 taking pictures, six rebounds and 7 assists.

As for winners, the All-Star Garland put up a season-high 41 factors on 16-of-26 taking pictures, marking his second 40-point efficiency in three video games. Mitchell added 34 factors, whereas massive males Mobley (game-high 21 factors and 18 rebounds) and Jarrett Allen (20 factors and 12 rebounds) every recorded double-doubles to assist Cleveland string collectively a five-game streak. consecutive defeats.

Charlotte has actually confronted (in all probability greater than) its fair proportion of accidents, missed alternatives and unhealthy luck on the finish of shut video games thus far this season. Typically all it takes is a 50-50 play the opposite approach round to fully reverse the end result of a sport. Whereas it comes at a painful worth, if the hassle proven on this loss turns into constant, it will not be lengthy earlier than the Hornets start to seek out themselves on the profitable aspect of those neck and neck battles.

The Hornets will now wrap up their quick two-game street journey by taking up the Washington Wizards on Sunday, Nov. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. ET. Catch all of the motion on Bally Sports activities Southeast and WFNZ FM 92.7.