Terry Rozier Nov 18, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) during the first half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Hornets did not win Friday night, but in terms of sheer entertainment value, they were unbeatable.

The Hornets waged a furious rally against the Cleveland Cavaliers to overcome a 10-point lead in the final 45 seconds of regulation to force overtime. They then took the Cavaliers, 10-point favorites, to a second overtime before falling apart in that extra period.

Final score, Cavs 132, Hornets 122. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Cavaliers (9-6).

While the Hornets (4-13) looked outmanned most of the night — their best player, LaMelo Ball was out injured — they were unstoppable in that final stretch of regulation. Guard Terry Rozier sent the game into OT with an off-balance 3-pointer from the corner.

Rozier also hit a big 3-pointer in the first overtime to put the Hornets up.

But in the end, the Cavaliers were too much for Charlotte. Guards Darius Garland (41 points) and Donovan Mitchell (34) paced the scoring, but Evan Mobley made the play of the night with this snatch block on a shot by Rozier.

NBA fans were amazed by the Hornets’ incredible comeback.

“Cavaliers ended a five-game losing streak, but needed two overtimes to beat the Hornets,” tweeted Andy Bailey. “In Cleveland. With no LaMelo Ball.”

“Terry Rozier almost called game,” tweeted one user.

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