NBA Game Summary - Utah at Charlotte|
(Saturday, December 21st)
Final Score: Utah 88, Charlotte 85
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Trey Burke had 10 of his 20 points in the
fourth quarter and the Utah Jazz edged the Charlotte Bobcats 88-85 on Saturday
Burke nailed a left wing triple to break an 83-83 tie with 2:38 left before
Kemba Walker sunk a tough pull-up jumper from the right elbow. Marvin Williams
stole a pair of bad passes on back-to-back Charlotte touches, but Burke missed
a reverse layup with 29.9 seconds to play.
Walker's driving layup attempt was too strong at the other end and Al
Jefferson missed a pair of offensive rebound putback layups before Burke sunk
two free throws with 10.2 ticks on the clock to make it 88-85.
"The basketball gods weren't on my side tonight," Jefferson said of the two
Walker and Gerald Henderson then both missed from deep in the closing seconds
to seal the outcome for the Jazz.
Gordon Hayward added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Utah, which moved to 2-2 on
its five-game road trip.
"I've been saying all year, even with all the struggles we've had early in the
year, they won't quit," Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin said.
Jefferson tallied 19 points and 11 boards, while Walker finished with 20
points, five rebounds and four assists for the Bobcats, who had their three-
game winning streak snapped.
Charlotte unveiled the team's new primary Hornets logo at halftime. The
Bobcats become the Hornets a day after their final game of the season.
Bismack Biyombo's layup to start the fourth pulled Charlotte within 70-68, but
the Jazz responded with an 11-4 run. Burke nailed a 3 and Hayward capped the
surge with a pair of free throws for an 81-72 Utah spread midway through the
Jefferson, though, had a three-point play and a putback dunk to finish off a
7-0 flurry to whittle the Charlotte deficit to 81-79 with 5:01 left.
Earlier, the Bobcats led 21-17 after a quarter of play and 46-42 at the break.
Utah outscored Charlotte 28-20 in the third and took a 70-66 cushion into the
Derrick Favors had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz ... Jefferson had
seven points and six boards in the fourth ... Utah was 10-of-21 from beyond
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