In the first meeting between Utah Jazz and Charlotte Hornets, the former team poured a record 26 3-pointers on February 5. But in their recent match-up Jazz went a step ahead to drain 28 3-pointers to set franchise record. Out of those 19 were scored off the bench, the most by any team’s backup in NBA History as per the Stats.
After losing against LA Clippers in their previous encounter, this was Utah Jazz’s perfect response to bounce back to the Win Column. Several of Utah’s outside shots this time came during a 26-2 run that erased a double-digit lead for Charlotte and put the Jazz (25-6) firmly in control after an uneven performance on both ends through the first three quarters.
Utah Jazz set the stage blazing with 28 3s in rout over Charlotte Hornets
Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball each scored 21 points to lead the Hornets. Malik Monk added 20. Charlotte lost despite scoring 25 points off 21 Utah turnovers.
“I feel like we just all got tired,” LaMelo Ball said. “We didn’t put four quarters together, we put three together.”
The Jazz continuously attacked from the perimeter starting from the opening tip. They shot 29 3-pointers before halftime, a club record for attempts in a half.
Mitchell, who had 23 points and eight assists, credited an uptick in defensive stops starting late in the third quarter with breaking open the floodgates on offense.
“It looks good, but I think the biggest thing was our defensive energy,” Mitchell said. “Everything stepped up and made it tougher on them.”
Charlotte built its first double-digit lead early in the third when P.J. Washington’s steal and slam capped a 12-1 run that put the Hornets ahead 81-70. Charlotte forced six turnovers during the spurt and scored four baskets off those turnovers — highlighted by 3-pointers on three straight possessions from Ball, Hayward and Washington.
Utah erased the deficit and went back ahead on back-to-back baskets from Clarkso