The Utah Jazz put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only seven possessions while totaling 19 assists, to squeak by the Charlotte Bobcats, 88-85. Utah (8-22) gets one in the win column after losing to Atlanta on Friday.
Trey Burke scored 20 points on 7-16 shooting, including 4-8 on 3-point attempts. Other top performers for Utah were Derrick Favors with 14 points and 9 rebounds, and Gordon Hayward with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Despite the loss, Kemba Walker put up 20 points for Charlotte on 9-16 shooting. Al Jefferson contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds and Gerald Henderson finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds.
The Jazz posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.71. This year, they are undefeated (2-0) when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Bobcats are 0-1 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
This defeat means an end to a three-game winning streak for Charlotte, pushing their record to 13-15 for the year.
Coming up, the Jazz square off with the Memphis Grizzlies, who are 11-15 on the season. The Bobcats meet the Milwaukee Bucks, currently sitting at 5-21 this year. The Bobcats have won their last two meetings with Milwaukee.