The Hornets are the second team to win this season in Washington. The North Carolinians leaned on their backcourt starter (LaMelo Ball plus Terry Rozier) to defeat the capital in a match that they seemed to have under control, but could not close until the final moments to conclude winning 103-109.
LaMelo went up to 28 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals, while Terry Rozier achieved his highest score of the season with 32 points, including a decisive triple with 15 seconds remaining to sentence the crash. Such a performance comes after the guard posted a painful 2-for-16 on 3-pointers in the previous three games.
I just need to have more days like this. I will never doubt myself. I never pay attention to my percentages, I just play, ”says Rozier after hitting an excellent 8 of 11 from beyond the 3-point line.
The truth is that while Charlotte was very successful with 15 of 31 in triples (48.4%), the Wizards suffered a lot to add from outside and were left at a poor 9 of 36 (25%). Despite such a difference, they ended up fighting for victory, but the slab that weighed on them was too great, and they lost in the second half by up to 17 points.
Regarding individual performances, Montrezl Harrell was undoubtedly the best with a double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds (maximum of the season) from the bench. Behind him, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 17 points, Bradley Beal scored 18 (5 of 18 from the field goal) and Kyle Kuzma went to 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Despite the loss, the Wizards remain in the top spots in the Eastern Conference with an excellent 11-6 record. They are close to the Hornets, who after winning six of their last seven games are fifth in the East at 11-8.
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