Michael Jordan was here for it.
The greatest basketballer of all time was just as pumped up as everybody else around the Spectrum Centre in Charlotte as his Hornets pulled off a huge win over Indiana on Wednesday.
Jordan, a majority owner of the franchise, was spotted slapping hands, fist-pumping and losing the plot during the rollercoaster 122-120 overtime win.
Famously known as one of the coolest characters the game has ever known Jordan was an emotional wreck as the Hornets battled their way down the stretch.
Hornets star Devonte Graham twice had Jordan leaping out of his chair — even before the game went into over time.
Graham nailed two free-throws down the stretch after diving in hard to pick up a loose ball foul. It brought Jordan to his feet when he nailed the two resulting free-throws.
Michael Jordan is in the house tonight sitting on the end of the #Hornets bench. Don't think he's into it? Check out his reaction after Devonte' Graham was given a pair of free throws on a loose ball foul. An old school MJ fist bump. Graham hit both to give them a 120-118 lead. pic.twitter.com/zepbcg18WV
He also got Jordan up out of his seat earlier when he finished off a sweet floating lay-up after drawing contact attacking the rim.
MJ likes what he sees from Devonte. Stud. pic.twitter.com/0J3m5OFG2m
By the time former Celtics star Terry Rozier knocked down a tough bucket from long-range in the final quarter, Jordan mirrored the emotions of every Hornets fan.
Rozier got MJ hype with the tuff step-back.
📽️: @NBATV pic.twitter.com/qzxrWWuZoN
The Hornets battled back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter, so it’s not hard to see why Jordan was up and about.
Graham sank 2 of 3 free-throw attempts with 1.7 seconds left in overtime after drawing a foul on JaKarr Sampson, helping the Hornets win their third straight game.
FORGOTTEN ALL STAR’S 46-YEAR SHOOTING RECORD
Gordon Hayward is back.Source:AFP
Gordon Hayward tied a career high with 39 points, making all 16 of his two-point attempts, and the Boston Celtics won their fifth successive NBA game by holding off the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-113 on Tuesday night.
Hayward made 17 of 20 shots, including a three-pointer. The 6-foot-7 forward scored 16 points in the opening quarter and 22 in the first half, hitting all nine attempts from the field.
He became the first player in the NBA this season to score at least 20 points on 100 per cent shooting in a single half.
As well as passing his career-high score, Hayward’s deadly accuracy also saw him pass Celtics records not seen since 1973. It was also a statline not seen since legend Larry Bird in 1974.
Historic night for Gordon Hayward:
▫️1st Celtic with 34+ pts, 7+ asts and an .800+ fg pct since Bird in ‘84.
▫️ Last NBA player with at least 39 pts, 8 asst and 85% fg was Gail Goodrich in 1973.
▫️ Last Celtic to score at least 35 on 85% fg was Billy Knight in 1978.
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Gordon Hayward, ladies and gentlemen!
39 POINTS (ties career high)
17 MADE FGs (new career high)
8 ASSISTS (new season high)
*GAME-SEALING REBOUND AND PUTBACK*
Utah Gordon Hayward made an appearance tonight
Hayward looking like his old self🔥
This was a rarely-seen Revenge On An Arena game https://t.co/mWJSVzDT2Q
“He was aggressive going to the basket,” coach Brad Stevens said of Hayward.
“He just kept making the right play over and over.”
Hayward put in Kemba Walker’s miss with 22 seconds left to give Boston a 118-113 lead. Walker stole the inbounds pass and hit a free throw to put the game away.
Walker had 25 points for Boston, who haven’t lost since the season opener against Ben Simmons’ Philadelphia.
Matthew Dellavedova returned for Cleveland after missing two games because of personal reasons. The Australian scored four points to go with two rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes of court time.
LEBRON EQUALS TRIPLE-DOUBLE STREAK RECORD
LeBron keeps rolling.Source:AP
LeBron James had 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his third consecutive triple-double, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 118-112.
Los Angeles trailed by 19 before shutting down Chicago in the fourth quarter during the finale of a three-game trip. The win gives the Lakers their sixth straight win.
While James turned in another brilliant performance, he was on the bench for most of a 16-0 run to begin the final period.
LeBron recorded his third straight triple-double, tied for the longest streak of his career 💪 pic.twitter.com/BD3G7CzGnO
Kyle Kuzma, Quinn Cook and Dwight Howard sparked the Lakers’ comeback.
Kuzma scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth, and Howard had a key block on Coby White during the big spurt. Cook made a 3-pointer to give Los Angeles a 94-93 lead with 8:53 remaining.
Cook finished with 17 points, and Anthony Davis had 15 points and seven rebounds. It was Davis’ first game in his native Chicago since he was acquired in a trade with New Orleans.
Chicago lost for the fifth time in six games. Zach LaVine scored 26 points, and White and Otto Porter Jr. each finished with 18. Wendell Carter Jr. had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bulls used a 16-2 run to open a 60-42 lead with 2:49 left in the first half. Carter’s two foul shots made it 63-44 with 2:10 to go.
ULTIMATE EMBARRASSMENT IN PORTLAND FLOP
The full depth of Portland’s embarrassing loss to the gutted Golden State Warriors has been revealed.
The league-declared salaries of each team shows the Trailblazers’ starting five was worth thirteen times what the Warriors’ band of misfits will earn this season.
There is absolutely no way a stacked team like Portland should be losing 118-127 to a Warriors team that was without Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell.
However, the Blazers were embarrassed by Rookie forward Eric Paschall, who finished with 34 points and 13 rebounds.
Without all their injured stars, the young Warriors more than hung tough — they shined — against a Western Conference contender to give Golden State its first victory at new Chase Center as Klay Thompson cheered from the sideline.
A review of the players’ wages shows he was watching a minor miracle unfold.
According to reddit, The Warriors’ starting five of Ky Bowman ($79,000), Jordan Poole ($2 million), Glenn Robinson III ($1.8 million), Eric Paschall ($900,000) and Willie Cauley-Stein ($2.2 million), were worth a combined $7 million.
Portland’s star-studded starting five will earn a reported $93 million this season — led by All Star Damian Lillard ($29 million), CJ McCollum ($28 million), Hassan Whiteside ($27 million), Rodney Hood ($6 million) and Anthony Tolliver ($3 million).
— with AP
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