Burke’s 20 points lift Jazz past Bobcats 88-85

While the record may not be quite what he wants, Utah Jazz coach

Tyrone Corbin loves the fight in his team.

Despite having the worst record in the Western Conference

entering the weekend, Corbin’s team showed why again Saturday

night.

Trey Burke scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and

the Jazz snapped the Charlotte Bobcats’ three-game winning streak

with an 88-85 victory on a night when Bobcats owner Michael Jordan

unveiled the new logos for the Charlotte Hornets after this

season.

”They’re feisty,” Corbin said of his young team. ”I’ve been

saying all year, even with all the struggles we’ve had early in the

year, they won’t quit. I told them I wouldn’t quit on them and

they’re not quitting on me.”

The Jazz certainly didn’t quit Saturday night.

Burke hit a 3-pointer with 1:38 left to put his team up by three

and added a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining as Utah

held off a late Bobcats rally led by former Jazz standout Al

Jefferson.

Gordon Hayward had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who

had lost three of their past four games. Derrick Favors added 14

points.

Burke hit four 3-pointers and the Jazz outscored the Bobcats

30-6 from beyond the arc.

Kemba Walker scored 20 points and Jefferson had 19 for the

Bobcats, who were playing their fourth game in five nights. The

victory would have gotten the Bobcats (13-15) back to .500 on the

season.

”We can’t look back. We have some games that looks like a team

that just woke up and games where we’re hungry and coming out with

intensity,” Burke said. ”My job is to be a young leader on this

team and bring energy every night.”

Corbin likes what Burke is giving him.

”Trey is showing a lot of resolve,” the coach said. ”I can’t

say enough about his focus and this group’s focus after they don’t

play their best game. … The pressure’s on him every night and we

ask him to lead the group. He’ll keep getting better because he’s

willing to work.”

At a lively halftime ceremony, Jordan unveiled the team’s new

primary Hornets logo. The Bobcats become the Hornets the day after

their final game this season.

The Bobcats trailed 81-72 with 6:42 left in the fourth quarter

and appeared ready to make a run.

After Gerald Henderson hit a pair of free throws, Jefferson

started to come alive, cutting the lead to four with a power move

inside, drawing an and-one on Favors.

On the next possession, Jefferson had a one-handed put-back dunk

to bring the teal and purple clad fans to their feet and close the

gap to 81-79. Jefferson then tied the game at 83 with three minutes

left on a dunk off a no-look pass from Walker.

But Burke hit a 3-pointer to put the Jazz back in front.

The Jazz had a chance to extend the lead, but Alec Burks threw

an alley-oop pass over the head of Haywood and out of bounds on a

3-on-1 fast break with 1:38 remaining. That seemed to trigger a

flurry of turnovers on both ends of the court.

With 27 seconds left, Walker beat Burke to the hole on the

drive, but missed the layup off the glass. Jefferson had two easy

chances in front of the rim, but couldn’t get the ball over the

basket on either try.

Burke hit free throws with 10 seconds left to push the lead back

to three.

Walker and Henderson each had 3-point opportunities on

Charlotte’s final possession but couldn’t connect.

”The basketball gods weren’t on my side tonight,” Jefferson

said. ”It happens.”

Jefferson refused to blame it on tired legs or getting

fouled.

”No excuses,” Jefferson said. ”I had two chances to do it and

they didn’t go in for me.”

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said it was a ”disappointing

result” but said it wasn’t from a lack of effort.

”We did a good job defensively and gave ourselves a chance to

win but the ball didn’t go in,” Clifford said.

The Jazz are 2-2 on their road trip, which wraps up Monday at

Memphis.

The Bobcats started the week with a win at home Tuesday night

against Sacramento and then overcame deficits of 16 points and 20

points on the road to beat Toronto and Detroit.

NOTES: The Bobcats announced before the game that small forward

Jeffery Taylor is out for the season with a torn right Achilles

tendon. … Hayward has scored in double figures 27 times this

season for the Jazz. … The Jazz have defeated the Bobcats nine

straight times.