Hornets again failed to capitalize on a chance to take down a western conference opponent and move to over .500 in the win/loss column in their 119-111 loss at home to the Utah Jazz. Jeremy Lamb continued his good scoring streak as he led the way for the Hornets with 24 points.
Charlotte struggled mightily to defend Utah from the three point line tonight. The Jazz have been struggling for the most part on the offensive end of the ball as of late, and hoped that their acquisition of former Cleveland Cavalier, Kyle Korver, would help turn things around.
Tonight, it seemed like making that trade wasn’t even necessary. Korver did play well for Utah, doing exactly what they needed him to do, finishing with 14 points, and 4-6 from 3. Jae Croweder thought now was a good time to match his career high for a game six three pointers, with six of his own tonight, finishing the game with 24 points.
Donovan Mitchell led the the Jazz in scoring with 30 points and tacked on 6 rebounds and 6 assists to conclude his impressive night in Charlotte. The Hornets had absolutely no answer for Rudy Gobert in the paint, Gobert had a great night on the offensive end finishing with 20 points and was dominant on the boards with 17 rebounds. It seems Charlotte just has no answers for the dominant big men in the NBA, now struggling mightily against Gobert, Joel Embiid and Steven Adams.
Tonight, we can throw some of the blame to that to injury, as Hornets center Cody Zeller had to leave the game early with a rib injury, and without Willy Hernangomez the Hornets were already thin at the position. Kemba Walker Tony Parker, and Lamb did the best they could to keep their team in this one finishing with 20 points or higher, but it just wasn’t meant to be as the team simply didn’t have enough fire power to keep up.
Hornets take on the New Orleans Pelicans next on Sunday night to conclude their four game home stand.