The Charlotte Hornets Pull Away Late to Defeat the Utah Jazz, 104-98
Kemba Walker’s strong fourth quarter performance helped lead the Charlotte Hornets to their comeback win over the Utah Jazz.
The Charlotte Hornets (6-1) were able to defeat the Utah Jazz (5-4) increase their win streak to four games. Charlotte continues to impress with their great play as they build on their best start to a season in franchise history. They are now tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the best record in the Eastern Confernce. A strong fourth quarter performance from the team led them to victory.
The Hornets were without Roy Hibbert (knee) and Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) once again but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played despite having a sore lower back. Utah had their own injury concerns as they were without their starting point guard, George Hill, who’s dealing with a right thumb sprain. Despite the injuries for both sides, these two teams battled it out in a game that came down to the wire.
Once again, Charlotte started the night slowly but they started to find their groove in the second half. After taking the lead early in the first quarter, the Hornets were playing from behind for most of the night. They finally took a secure lead midway through the fourth quarter when they outscored Utah by eight points in the final period.
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Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 21 points, five rebounds, and six assists. He scored nine points in the fourth quarter. Marvin Williams scored a season-high 19 points on 5-7 shooting from beyond the three-point line. He also chipped in eight rebounds. Cody Zeller didn’t rebound well but he scored 12 points.
Charlotte’s bench had a strong night as Marco Belinelli and Frank Kaminsky each scored 13 points. Spencer Hawes added 11 points for the game. The Hornets’ second unit outscored their opponents 41-20.
Utah was led by Gordon Heyward who scored a game-high 29 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Rodney Hood also had himself a night with 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Derrick Favors recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Trey Lyles rounded out the Jazz’s double-digit scorers with 10 points.
Highlight of the Game:
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) November 10, 2016
Tweet of the Game:
Final: @hornets 104, Jazz 98. Hornets are 6-1, tied for best record in the NBA.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) November 10, 2016
- Charlotte outscored Utah 53-40 in the second half.
- The Hornets only committed eight turnovers on the night. They lead the league in fewest per game.
- MKG led the Charlotte Hornets with nine rebounds.
- Belinelli scored a season-high in this one.
- The Hornets shot (38-82) 46.3% from the field and (8-26) 30.8% from the three-point line.
Charlotte now lead the season series 1-0 over the Jazz. The two sides will meet once more this year on February 4th in Utah. The Hornets improved to 3-1 at home this season.
The Charlotte Hornets will face off against the Toronto Raptors in their next game. That match will take place at in Buzz City on Friday, November 11th. It will be the third and final game of the Hornets’ current three-game homestand.