Gordon Hayward hurt as Hornets’ win streak ends at four in loss to Mavs

The Charlotte Hornets’ four-game winning streak ended with a thud and an injury to a significant player. The Dallas Mavericks jumped on the Hornets early at Spectrum Center for a 104-93 victory, ending the Hornets’ longest winning streak in two seasons. Mavs star Luka Doncic dominated, with 34 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. Of potentially greater importance long-term, Charlotte small forward Gordon Hayward, who has played at an All-Star level, left the game in the third quarter with a left hip strain. He did not return, after scoring 16 points. Hayward, a free-agent acquisition of huge …

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