Struggling Hornets visit Utah
(Sports Network) – The Northwest Division-leading Utah Jazz go for their
sixth straight win when they welcome the struggling New Orleans/Oklahoma City
Hornets tonight to EnergySolutions Arena.
Utah plays the finale of a three-game homestand. Deron Williams finished with
17 points and six assists to help the Jazz defeat the Indiana Pacers, 94-72,
on Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena.
All-Star forward Carlos Boozer ended with 14 points and 16 rebounds in the win
over the Pacers for Utah, which has won five in a row and 13 of its last 15
games overall. Matt Harpring also scored 14, while veteran guard Derek Fisher
netted 11 in the victory.
The Jazz are 24-7 at home this season. After tonight’s contest, they will
embark on a four-game road trip. Utah will visit Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia
and Cleveland on the upcoming swing.
Utah owns a comfortable 12 1/2 game lead over the second place Denver Nuggets
in the Northwest.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City has dropped four in a row and concludes a three-game
road trip this evening. On Friday, Amare Stoudemire poured in 18 points and
grabbed 11 rebounds as Phoenix survived a late scare and held off the Hornets
104-103, at US Airways Center.
Devin Brown and David West both contributed 19 points for the Hornets, who
have lost five of their last six games overall. Jannero Pargo netted 15 and
Chris Paul scored 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds in defeat.
The Hornets are 9-22 on the road this season. They return home to host the
New Jersey Nets on Tuesday at the Ford Center.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City is 1 1/2 games behind the Clippers for the eighth
and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
This is the third and final meeting of the regular season between the clubs.
The teams split the previous two contests, as both squads picked up a win at
the Ford Center.
The Hornets have lost two of three and three of their last five at Utah.