Miles Bridges continued his trend of hot starts with five quick points in the first couple minutes of the game. The Jazz jumped out to a double digit lead a short time later thanks in large part to bunches of Hornets turnovers. The Hornets turned the ball over seven times in the first quarter alone. When they did get shots up, the usually didn’t go in. The Jazz had no such problem. They pinged the ball around the perimeter until a Hornet got themselves out of position, usually a result of closing out with too much zeal. They hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter and found Rudy Gobert for four dunks. Malik Monk hit a tough jumper at the buzzer to give the Hornets some semblance of momentum heading into the second quarter, but they were still down 16.
The Hornets started the second quarter well enough. PJ Washington hit a three and found Cody Zeller for a layup to extend the Hornets run to seven straight points, but that was pretty much the extent of the Hornets competitiveness in the first half. The Jazz continued to generate easy looks for themselves while Hornets not named Terry Rozier struggled to put the ball in the basket unless they were shooting free throws. By halftime, the Hornets had only mustered 38 points and trailed by 23.
The third quarter was more of the same. Terry Rozier stayed hot, but the Hornets couldn’t close the gap. The Jazz kept a stiff arm in the 20-30 point range the entire time, which kinda renders the rest of the game relatively pointless. The only real highlight the rest of the way was Willy Hernangomez’s domination of overtime. He scored 15 points and reeled in six rebounds in just ten minutes of play.
The Hornets will try to make amends on Sunday against the Suns.