Jazz 94, Hornets 90
Devin Harris worked hard on his 3-point shooting this past
It finally seems to be paying off for the Utah Jazz guard, even
if his biggest one against New Orleans got a friendly bounce off
the front of the rim before dropping through.
Harris hit a late 3 in a tie game to give Utah the lead, and he
added three free throws to seal a 94-90 win over the Hornets on
”It felt short,” Harris said of his big 3-pointer, ”but I’ve
got to give the man upstairs credit on that one. It trickled in and
we needed it in a big way.”
Harris finished with 19 points and also had a key assist down
”He’s getting better; the guys are getting better reading off
him,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said of his point guard, who was
just 4 of 14 this season from 3-point range coming in before going
3 of 6 against the Hornets.
Harris gave credit to center Al Jefferson, who led Utah with a
season-high 22 points on 11-of-18 shooting. He had 12 points alone
in the first 7 minutes of the third quarter.
”With Al playing the way he’s playing, he’s going to command a
double team,” Harris said. ”And you’ll get open shots on the weak
side. Playing through him is working for us.”
There were plenty of contributions across the board, with Utah’s
reserves scoring 44 points, including 13 from free-agent
acquisition Josh Howard and 11 by C.J. Miles.
Howard scored six straight points for Utah in the third as the
Jazz tied the score at 80. But his biggest play was an offensive
rebound that gave Utah a second chance with under a minute to play.
A few seconds later, Harris zipped the ball to Paul Millsap on the
pick-and-roll for a jam that put Utah up 91-86.
”I snuck in there, but I had to get my young Wake Forest alum
out of the way,” Howard said of 6-9 forward Al-Farouq Aminu.
”That was a big possession.”
Miles didn’t let spending the whole first quarter on the bench
bother him. He finished strong, with five points, two rebounds and
a steal in the fourth quarter.
”I have great respect for C.J., not getting to play in the
first half like he wanted to, then coming in and not hanging his
head and giving a performance like he did,” Howard said. ”He
keeps trucking. We fed off that and picked up a big win.”
The Jazz (2-3) won their second at home to offset three blowout
losses on the road. Utah plays 12 of 15 January games at home
before kicking off a brutal road schedule.
”It’s not time to panic, but obviously we got to do a better
job on the road,” Harris said. ”We need to find that
New Orleans (2-3) now has dropped three straight after opening
the season with a pair of wins.
Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting
for New Orleans, which took a 74-70 lead into the fourth quarter.
But Jack also committed a few turnovers down the stretch and missed
some key jumpers.
”In the fourth quarter we couldn’t muster the same kind of
efficiency on offense,” Hornets coach Monty Williams said. ”We
were getting enough stops … we had some silly turnovers.”
The Hornets continued to struggle from 3-point range, making
just 3 of 10 attempts. They entered the game last in the league in
The Hornets led 22-18 after the first quarter, making seven of
their first 11 shots. Jason Smith made four straight jumpers off
the bench as New Orleans led by as many as seven early. He finished
with 16 points.
Chris Kaman scored the Hornets’ first six points and 10 overall
in the second quarter to finish with 14.
Every player scored for the Jazz except guard Raja Bell.
”We’re a deep team,” Harris said. ”The rotations might not
always be the same, but you see guys come in ready to play. In this
shortened season we’re going to need that bench.”
New Orleans outscored Utah 11-4 to open the second half and
regain the lead, but Favors and Jefferson brought the Jazz
”We just had some things that didn’t go our way,” Jack said.
”I thought we fought hard. They pulled it out in the end.”
NOTES: Howard was fined $25,000 Monday for a flagrant foul in
Saturday’s game against the Spurs in which he hit James Anderson in
the head. Corbin was surprised at the fine. ”It’s unfortunate. I
thought he made a basketball foul. I don’t think he was going out
to deliberately hurt the guy, but he made contact with his head,”
Corbin said. ”They made it a point of emphasis the last couple of
years.” … Hornets leading scorer, guard Eric Gordon, missed his
fourth straight game with a bruised knee and remains listed as day
to day. … New Orleans forward Trevor Ariza exited in the fourth
quarter with a strained groin. …The slow-starting Jazz made only
3 of their first 11 shots Monday.