Former NCAA runner-up breaks personal record for points in a half

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Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward set a personal record, scoring 28 points in the first half against New York.  

Charlotte were the favorites for this match, according to bookmakers from Meta.reviews. And the team had an expected home win over the Knicks (109-88). Hayward was the highest scorer of the game with 34 points. 

As a reminder, Hayward was named the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Year at the end of the 2009/2010 regular season. He was also an NCAA Vice-Champion with the Butler Bulldogs after beating the Michigan State Spartans in the semifinals and then losing in the finals to Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils. 

Gordon Hayward is a member of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. He played for the Utah Jazz from 2010 to 2017. In the summer of 2017, he signed a five-year contract with the Boston Celtics. In November 2020, Hayward signed a four-year, $120 million contract with the Boston Celtics and was immediately traded to the Charlotte Hornets along with a second-round draft pick. 

He later suffered a displaced ankle fracture and a fractured tibia from a fall in the first quarter of the season opener against Cleveland. The game was suspended for several minutes. Hayward was carried off the court on a stretcher. Gordon missed the 2017/18 season and subsequent playoffs because of the severity of the injury. It took a heavy toll on him mentally (you can read more about mental health at Centreforum.org), but he was able to recover from the incident and return to his previous level of play. 

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