Jefferson has 22 points, Jazz beat Hornets 94-90
Al Jefferson scored 22 points and Devin Harris added 19 points,
including a late 3-pointer and three free throws down the stretch
as the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Hornets 94-90 on Monday
Josh Howard scored 13 points off the bench for the Jazz,
including six straight in the fourth quarter to tie the score at
80. C.J. Miles had 11 points and four rebounds as the Jazz (2-3)
won their second at home to offset three blowout losses on the
Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 27 points for New Orleans
(2-3), which dropped its third straight. The Hornets continued to
struggle from 3-point range, making just 3 of 10 shots.
Utah trailed by as many as seven points early but had a 32-point
second-quarter, with key contributions from rookies Enes Kanter and
Alec Burks and took a 50-47 lead into halftime.
Rookie center Kanter scored a pair of putbacks, Derrick Favors
scored off an alley-oop from Earl Watson and Watson drew his second
charge. Burks also hit his first career 3-pointer with 6 1/2
minutes left in the half, and gave the Jazz a 41-37 lead after he
battled to grab his own miss then scored on a driving layup.
Burks got a rousing round of applause when he entered the game
for veteran Raja Bell, who has struggled to find his shot this
season. Bell entered the game shooting just 29.4 percent (5 of 17)
overall and 1 of 7 from 3-point range, and missed his first two
The Jazz were outrebounded in the first half but held a 28-16
advantage on points in the paint, with Jefferson finding his touch.
They also held an 8-0 advantage on the fast break.
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 a season-high 16.
Chris Kaman scored the Hornets’ first six points and 10 overall
in the second quarter.
New Orleans outscored Utah 11-4 to open the second half and
regain the lead, but Favors and Jefferson brought the Jazz back.
Jefferson scored 12 points in the first seven minutes of the third
quarter, and added a block, while Favors had a pair of rebounds and
But Jack turned the momentum back toward the Hornets. He scored
seven straight points during a 9-0 Hornets run and New Orleans led
74-70 going into the fourth quarter.
Jack had a late turnover and missed several key 3-pointers down
NOTES: Utah outscored New Orleans 50-32 in the paint. … 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. Head
coach Tyrone 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.