The Charlotte Hornets did not let the injury of LaMelo Ball affect their game performance. They edged past San Antonio Spurs to record a 100-97 victory on Monday. In a fitting end to the game, Miles Bridges threw down an outrageous windmill in the final seconds of the game. However, it did not count as the buzzer already roared.
It was a collective team effort from the Hornets as they all stepped up to make up for the absence of LaMelo Ball. Exceptional performances from Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward sealed the deal for them.
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Gordon Hayward was especially happy after his performance. In the post-game press conference, he said, “It’s really impressive for such a young team to find ways to win like that. I think we’re fighters. It’s nice to have people that hit clutch shots.”
Miles Bridges and team secure the victory for the Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets started to pull away in the first quarter itself and never took their foot off the pedal. At one point, in the third quarter, they led the Spurs by 16 points. However, a great fightback from the Spurs ensured that the game turned into a spicy affair.
Hayward was the pick of the players as he scored 27 points in the game. He also finished with 6 assists and 7 rebounds to complete an all-around effort. Apart from him, Terry Rozier also found his form, scoring 24 points and six assists. His most important contribution was the step-back three when the game was tied with a minute remaining.
Coach James Borrego was elated that his team was able to make up for the rookie’s absence. He said, “They really challenged our mental toughness and physical toughness. I think this team really grew tonight. We withstood that. This was not a finesse win. This was not a transition, knocking down 3, type of win for us. We had to gut this one out with physicality and toughness. You really need that along the way.”
The Charlotte Hornets are sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. At the moment, they are in contention for the playoffs. This win will act as a confidence boost for the players that they can win games even without a star player who was performing consistently throughout the season.
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