It has been said that the game of basketball is all about ‘runs.’ The same could be said for the season as a whole, too, as teams looked to put together more winning streaks than losing ones. The Charlotte Hornets currently have the second-longest winning run in the league following the results of Wednesday night, having beaten the Philadelphia 76ers and seen the Dallas Mavericks lose to the New York Knicks. The Sixers have been viewed as a contender for a long time, and they are especially strong at home, so this 109-98 victory was all the more impressive for the Hornets as Gordon Hayward had one of his finest games.
He made 13 of the 16 shots he took from the floor and dropped 30 points without so much as one single free throw. Joel Embiid was the only man to outscore him, with the Philly center scoring 31, but that level of production wasn’t enough to overcome the Hornets and stop them from a fourth consecutive win. As mentioned, they now only trail the Grizzlies (ten games) as the team with the longest positive streak after the Mavericks fell in New York 108-85. Riding a six-game run heading in, they were seen off comfortably by RJ Barrett and co. Barrett had a remarkable reverse dunk as part of his 32-point haul while the rest of the starters all had double-digits in points to help him secure the win that took them back to the .500 mark. Luka Doncic struggled from the field, making just eight of 23 shots on a 21-point and 11 rebound evening, explaining one of the reasons the Mavericks’ run ended in the Big Apple.