Jazz conclude road trip at Hornets
(Sports Network) – The Northwest Division-leading Utah Jazz will wrap up a
three-game road trip tonight when they visit the New Orleans/Oklahoma City
Hornets at the Ford Center.
Utah has won the first two games on its trek and posted a 109-83 win over the
Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday at the Target Center. Deron Williams notched
21 points and eight assists, as the Jazz improved to 17-12 as the visitor this
Gordan Giricek scored a season-high 20 points for the Jazz, who have won three
of four and 10 of their last 12 games. Matt Harpring netted 19 points, while
Andrei Kirilenko, Mehmet Okur and Paul Millsap each had 10 points in the rout.
The Jazz are currently fourth in the Western Conference standings, while New
Orleans/Oklahoma City is a game off the eighth and final playoff spot.
Meanwhile, the Hornets have dropped two of their last three games, including
Friday’s 104-93 setback to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
Tyson Chandler made his first return to Chicago since being traded to the
Hornets in the offseason, and registered his 11th straight double-double with
10 points and 13 boards.
The Hornets, who are second to last in the Southwest standings, are back home
where they own a 19-11 record this season. They have won six in a row as the
Sunday’s showdown between Utah and New Orleans/Oklahoma City is the second of
three meetings this season. The Hornets won the first encounter, 94-83, on
January 27 at the Ford Center.
Utah has won four of the last six meetings. It has also won three of its last
four games at the Hornets.