|Utah snaps another modest Hornets win streak|
|Jazz prevails 119-111, Charlotte falls to 11-11|
|Published Friday, November 30, 2018 10:37 pm|
The Charlotte Hornets cannot get past a two-game win streak.
A 119-111 loss to Utah Friday at Spectrum Center snapped Charlotte’s streak. They have put together four two-game winning streaks this season, but each loss after consecutive victories put them back at .500. They sit seventh in the NBA Eastern Conference at 11-11.
Charlotte’s 19-point first quarter against the Jazz marked their worst start of the season and Utah’s 14-point lead was the largest deficit the Hornets endured in the first quarter.
“We have been down before, and we have come back, and we have taken the lead,” Charlotte coach James Borrego said. “Tonight we got down early again, and we just couldn’t fight our way back to the lead.”
Charlotte tied the game at 64 in the third quarter, but dug too great a hole at the start to crawl their way out of this one.
The Jazz finished with 18 three-pointers, something Charlotte did not anticipate. They prepared for Utah to dominate in the paint, but in the end Charlotte won the lane 70-46, which Borrego referred to as having to “pick your poison.”
“We made some choices defensively [to put more emphasis on defense in the paint], and they made us pay,” guard Tony Parker said.
Parker played a season-high 33 minutes Friday, shooting 9-of-17 from the field for 20 points and nine assists. Parker insisted that he felt fine, despite Borrego saying since the start of the season that his minutes need to be monitored. Charlotte needs Parker if they hope to get to a three-game winning streak.
“I didn’t like to go that long with him,” Borrego said. “That was pushing it, but he had good pace. He was getting to the rim. We were scoring with him out there. That’s why we rolled with it. That group got us going. They got us back into that game. That’s when we were right there at four points, I think, with him out there. I pulled him to get him a little bit of break, and then obviously they extended the lead there.”
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