Charlotte F Gordon Hayward (hip) leaves vs. Dallas

Charlotte forward Gordon Hayward sustained a strained left hip in the third quarter of the Hornets’ Wednesday game against the visiting Dallas Mavericks.

The Hornets quickly ruled out Hayward for the rest of the game, a 104-93 Dallas victory.

Hayward, who had 16 points on Wednesday, entered the contest averaging a team-best 22.5 points to go along with 5.2 rebounds. He is playing in his first season with the Hornets since signing a four-year, $120 million deal in the offseason.