WATCH: Michael Jordan Applauds as Terry Rozier Scores Clutch Bucket in Hornets’ Win

Published 03/12/2021, 5:30 AM EST
CHARLOTTE, NC – NOVEMBER 5: NBA Legend and Charlotte Hornets Owner, Michael Jordan looks on during a game between the Indiana Pacers and the Charlotte Hornets on November 5, 2019 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)


Delivering in high-pressure moments can cement your legacy in the NBA. When speaking of pressure moments, there is nothing that compares to taking the mantle in the dying moments of the game with the score even and the shot clock winding down. Since Michael Jordan was a master of this craft, he can appreciate it when some other artist puts it on show.

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On Thursday night, the man who brought MJ out of his seat was Terry Rozier. Michael was in the stands to watch his Charlotte Hornets play against the Detroit Pistons. The game was even-steven with 33 seconds to go, and the scoreboard read 103-100 in the Hornets’ favor.

However, the game was far from dead and when Hornets had the possession, they ran the shot clock down. With just a few seconds to go, Terry Rozier drove to the basket and hit a two-pointer, much to MJ‘s delight.

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As you can see, Rozier’s basket put the result beyond doubt. The Pistons could only muster two points in the final possession, and the Hornets won 105-102 at the end.

Scary Terry has been one of Jordan’s favorites because he consistently displays his clutch gene. He was 2 of 9 from the field before going 4 of 5 in the final 3:11 of the game. Overall, he tallied 12 points in that time frame.

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This is arguably the most positive that the Hornets have played since Jordan took charge of the team 10 years back. Gordon Hayward‘s signing is proving to be a masterstroke while the young pieces around him are developing well, especially future Rookie of the Year, LaMelo Ball. In a recent email sent to the Associated Press, Michael revealed how he had exceeded all expectations and wrote:

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“I think Melo has adjusted to the NBA game better than any of us ever thought this early in his career. He has exceeded our expectations so far this season.”

Jan 14, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) brings the ball up the court during the first quarter of a game against the Toronto Raptors at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

The Hornets consolidated their standings in the Eastern Conference with this win. They now lie in 6th place with an 18-18 record. Making the playoffs after a couple of poor seasons would make the former Chicago Bulls superstar very happy.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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