The Charlotte Hornets (35-41) struggled to remain in contention after poor shooting in the first half versus the Utah Jazz (46-30). The Hornets trailed 52-39 after two quarters of play.
The only bright spot for Charlotte in the first half was Jeremy Lamb who finished the game with 23 points. Charlotte was low on fire-power and low-post muscle as Cody Zeller continued his bout with a sore left knee. And Nic Batum joined him on the list of players sitting out against the Jazz.
Utah had four starters in double figures including Donovan Mitchell who finished with 25 points. Rudy Gobert finished the night with 18 points, 18 rebounds, 3 blocks tying Karl Malone for most double-doubles by a Jazz player in a season.
The second game of the back-to-back portion of their west coast road trip proved too daunting a task for the Hornets despite their late game surge led by Kemba Walker. Walker (15/18 FG, 4/8 3-PT for 47 points) and the Hornets, who trailed by as many as twenty points, fell to the Jazz 111-102. The loss due mostly to the fact that the Hornets couldn't repair the damage from three quarters of poor shooting.
The Hornets, who had many good looks at the basket, struggled to get shots to fall. Additionally, some of the small items needed to close out games still needs to be addressed.
"I think the attention to detail is not there and that's where we need to grow as a team." James Borrego said. "That's our next step."
The Hornets are still in contention for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. And the gap remained the same despite losing to the jazz because of losses by both the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic.
The Hornets now head to New Orleans for the final game of their west coast swing on Wednesday before heading home to face the Toronto Raptors on Friday at the Spectrum Center.
- Who: Charlotte Hornets (35-41) at New Orleans Pelicans (32-46) - When: Wednesday - April 3, 2019 8:00 p.m. - Where: New Orleans, LA