The Jazz outscored the Hornets 41-20 in the fourth quarter, leading them to a 132-110 win, where they set a franchise record for the second time against Charlotte this season.
Gordon Hayward led the way for the Hornets early-on, starting off 3-3 from the field. He and LaMelo Ball led the way in the first half for Charlotte, scoring 15 and 16 points respectively. Malik Monk chipped in as well, bringing his usual productive scoring off the bench.
Meanwhile, the Jazz were getting a little bit of scoring from everyone. Jordan Clarkson in particular was lighting it up. He’s been a huge spark off the bench for Utah all season and that trend continued in this one. He and Donovan Mitchell led the way in scoring for the Jazz in the first half.
Despite the Jazz having one of the better defenses in the league, the Hornets were able to make this one a shootout. Utah’s three-point prowess was on full display, though, with 24 of their first 34 shots being from deep. Both teams were scoring super efficiently, too. Charlotte was doing a much better job of getting out in transition, however. They outscored the Jazz by a wide margin in that category and it was a huge reason why their offense was so successful.
While a majority of the Hornets’ scoring came from their starters, the Jazz got a lot of production from their bench unit. Although Mitchell did lead the way in scoring (23 pts), Clarkson (20 pts, 5/10 3PT), Georges Niang (21 pts, 7/7 3PT), and Joe Ingles (21 pts, 7/10 3PT) were not far behind. Everyone on their team is lethal from deep, and as they have been all season, they were hitting seemingly every shot they took from that range in this one.
This barrage of threes ended up being the demise of the Hornets. They found themselves up five late in the third quarter, but it was all downhill from there. The Jazz opened up the fourth on an 18-2 run. Charlotte only scored one field goal in the first five minutes of the quarter, with two technical free throws from Terry Rozier finally breaking the ice again.
The Hornets put together a little run of their own late in the game, but at that point it was too late. Utah’s stellar three-point performance was too much for them to deal with, and their lack of defensive pressure caught up to them. The Jazz set a franchise record for three-pointers made in a game with 28, breaking their previous record of 26 which was set against the Hornets earlier this season.
If the loss wasn’t enough, Hayward re-aggravated his hand injury in the fourth of this game and did not return. What started off as a very promising night for the Hornets ended with them losing one of their stars in a 22-point blowout. They’ll get a chance to get back in the win column when they take on the Suns on Wednesday at 9:00 PM EST.