SALT LAKE CITY -- Paul Millsap scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Al Jefferson had 22 points as the Utah Jazz rebounded from a humiliating home loss to beat the New Orleans Hornets 104-99 Wednesday night at EnergySolutions Arena. Jefferson scored six points in the final four minutes, including a key jumper to put the Jazz up 99-94 with 1:16 remaining. Jazz guard Randy Foye added 14 points, including three game-clinching free throws in the final 18 seconds. Millsap, who hit 7 of 12 shots, also had a pair of foul shots in the closing seconds to help Utah wrap this one up. The Jazz improved to 25-21 with the tight victory, which came two nights after a 125-80 blowout loss to the Houston Rockets that players admitted was embarrassing. Greivis Vasquez tallied 17 points and 13 assists and Ryan Anderson added 16 points for the Hornets, who fell to 15-31 with their second loss in as many nights. Anthony Davis got hot late in the game to help New Orleans make this one interesting. Davis had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and twice cut the lead down to one with inside buckets, including a tip that made it 95-94 with 2:18 remaining. Millsap and Jefferson followed with consecutive jumpers to give the Jazz a five-point lead that they held onto down the stretch. The Jazz came out looking like they still had a hangover from Monday's 45-point loss to the Rockets, which was the worst home loss in the 39-year history of the franchise. The Hornets, despite playing a late game the night before in Los Angeles, powered their way to an early double-digit lead. Anderson put New Orleans up 24-12 and the visitors took a 29-19 edge into the second quarter. The Jazz, sparked by Foye's outside shooting and Derrick Favors' interior presence, opened the quarter with an 11-3 run. Foye and Favors each had 11 points by halftime, when Utah had turned the big deficit into a 51-47 lead. NOTES: With it being the second night of a back-to-back, Hornets guard Eric Gordon dressed but did not play to rest his sore right knee. "I don't know how long it's going to last," coach Monty Williams said. "I wish it was over. As a coach, you want all your guys available, but everybody is dealing with that. It happens. We want to make sure we do everything medically right in Eric's situation." ... The Jazz were also without Gordon (Hayward). The sixth man missed his second consecutive game with a sprained right shoulder. "We want to make sure he's well when he gets back. We want him to be healthy for the rest of the year for us," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "As bad as I want him back in the lineup, we have to do the smart thing and the right thing by him." ... Louisiana native Paul Millsap was asked about New Orleans changing its nickname from Hornets to Pelicans. The Jazz forward smiled and repeated: "It's the state bird."
Jazz 104, Hornets 99By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Wed, Jan 30, 2013 11:50 PM EST
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