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Path Blazers beat Hornets to snap 10-game skid

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Portland Path Blazers guard Scoot Henderson brings the ball upcourt through the second half of an NBA basketball recreation towards the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday, April 3, 2024, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photograph/Jacob Kupferman)

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Scoot Henderson had 22 factors and 10 assists and the Portland Path Blazers beat Brandon Miller and the Charlotte Hornets 89-86 on Wednesday night time in a matchup of two of the league’s prime three draft picks.

Henderson, taken one spot behind Miller at No. 3 general, shot 9 of 17 from the sphere because the Path Blazers snapped a 10-game shedding streak. Miller completed with 21 factors to steer the Hornets, however struggled from lengthy vary ending 1 of 8 from past the arc.

It’s the primary time they’ve confronted one another since getting into the NBA.

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“Me coming right here was,” Henderson mentioned when requested if it was additional motivation going through Miller after being chosen behind him. “I wasn’t fascinated with that. It was extra like simply exit right here and attempt to placed on a present for the Hornets.”

Mentioned Miller: “It was good, it was enjoyable. An excellent atmosphere and I really feel like Charlotte the town got here out to help so it’s all good vibes.”

Deandre Ayton had a monster recreation with 24 factors and 16 rebounds and Jabari Walker had 14 factors and a career-high 22 rebounds.

With Charlotte’s two 7-foot facilities out, the Blazers held a 55-36 edge on the glass.

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Charlotte shot 5 of 31 from past the arc simply hours after Steve Clifford introduced that he’s stepping down as head coach after the season.

“The final in all probability 5 – 6 minutes I assumed Scoot was actually good at slowing down and getting the ball to DA (Ayton) the place it ought to’ve been,” Portland coach Chauncey Billups mentioned. “Clearly Jabari was a person amongst boys on the market tonight, getting his profession excessive in rebounds and hitting the 2 huge free throws.”

With the sport tied at 81, Henderson drove and dished to Walker for the go-ahead layup. After Tre Mann missed his sixth straight 3-pointer on the different finish, Henderson hit a foul line jumper to make it a two-possession recreation with 1:09 to play.

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Portland Path Blazers guard Scoot Henderson (00) guards Charlotte Hornets guard Tre Mann (23) through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Wednesday, April 3, 2024, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photograph/Jacob Kupferman)

Miller, who had missed his first seven 3s, lastly knocked one down from the highest of the important thing bringing the gang to its ft. Ayton’s putback pushed the lead again to a few, however Miller answered with a brief jumper.

The stage was then set for the rookies and a implausible ending, however each got here up brief within the clutch.

Henderson was fouled with 18.5 seconds left and missed each free throws. That opened the door for Miller to place the Hornets forward, however he missed a floater over Ayton.

After Walker made two free throws, Davis Bertans missed a 3-point try on the buzzer that will have despatched the sport into extra time.

“It’s good to get the win, however I gotta have these free throws,” Henderson mentioned. “Can’t have any slips on the finish of the sport like that.”

Each groups performed short-handed.

The Hornets performed with out numerous key gamers together with main scorer Miles Bridges, level guards Vasa Micic and heart Nick Richards resulting from accidents. LaMelo Ball has already been dominated out for the season, whereas Mark Williams, Seth Curry and Cody Martin stay out as properly.

The Blazers are with out Malcolm Brogdon, Jerami Grant, Anfernee Simons, Matisse Thybulle, Shaedon Sharpe and Robert Williams.


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