Two nights after winning their third straight road game, the Utah Jazz look to continue their streak against one of the hottest home teams in the NBA.
The Jazz hope to match a season high with their fourth straight road win when they visit the streaking New Orleans Hornets in Oklahoma City on Sunday.
The Jazz (39-19) have won seven of their last nine games away from Salt Lake City, but will put their streak on the line against a Hornets team (28-31) that has won 12 of its last 13 home games, including six straight.
Utah, which ranks second in the league in field-goal percentage, shot a season-high 57.5 percent in its 109-83 win at Minnesota on Friday. The Jazz bench outscored Minnesota’s reserves 51-23, led by Gordan Giricek’s season-high 20 points and Matt Harpring’s 19.
“The good thing about this team is even if someone is off one night, we have enough players that someone is going to step up,” said Harpring, who is averaging 18.0 points off the bench over his last six games. “Guys are just waiting for an opportunity to play.”
Even with the bench’s efforts, starting guard Deron Williams led the Jazz with 21 points and eight assists Friday. Williams is averaging 23.2 points, 10.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds on 56.4 percent shooting in his last five road games.
The Jazz, who won four in a row away from home Nov. 10-22, have outscored opponents by an average of 17.3 points during their three-game road winning streak.
The Hornets, though, have held opponents to 92.2 points per game while going 12-1 in their last 13 home contests. After opening the season 12-22, New Orleans has won 16 of its last 25 to pull into playoff contention.
While the Hornets have been dominant at home, they have dropped four of their last five on the road after a 104-93 defeat at Chicago on Friday. The Hornets had six players in double figures, but shot just 39.5 percent from the field.
New Orleans, the league’s best rebounding team with 44.1 per game, was outrebounded - 39-37 - for the first time in its last 14 games.
Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 13 rebounds Friday for his 11th straight double-double and his 18th consecutive game with at least 10 boards. He is averaging 12.6 points and 15.6 rebounds over his last 18 games, helping New Orleans to a 12-6 record in that stretch.
The Jazz have won four of the last six games in the series, including three of their last four on the road.
New Orleans defeated Utah 94-83 on Jan. 27, though, in the first meeting between these teams this season. Bobby Jackson scored 21 points off the bench to lead the Hornets, who got 15 rebounds from Chandler. Williams had 27 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the loss for Utah.