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

night.

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

road.

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

attempts Monday.

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

a block.

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

the stretch.

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.