Hayward leads Hornets past Knicks in Charlotte

Hayward, 30, entered Monday averaging 21.4 points, 5.4 boards and 4.1 assists while shooting 49%. The highlight was his 44-point explosion in last week’s victory over the Hawks. Thibodeau even compared him to Jimmy Butler, who turned into an indispensable star under Thibodeau in Chicago and Minnesota.

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