Jazz set records for 3s in 132-110 rout of Hornets
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Once again, Utah overwhelmed Charlotte with a 3-pointer barrage.
Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz saw another record-breaking performance from a great distance on Monday night in a 132-110 win over the Hornets. Utah franchised 3 at 28, including 19 from the bank - the most backups of a team in NBA history according to STATS.
The Jazz set its previous mark for 3s at the first meeting between the teams on February 5th at 26.
Some of Utah's field shots this time came during a 26-2 run that wiped out a double-digit lead for Charlotte and had the jazz (25-6) firmly under control after an uneven performance at both ends for the first three quarters.
"The League No. 1 wins such a game," said Mitchell. "This is really our head. Here we have to be further."
Mitchell, who had 23 points and eight assists, attributed an increase in defensive stops from the end of the third quarter as the floodgates were broken on the offensive.
"It looks good, but I think the biggest thing was our defensive energy," said Mitchell. "Everything has tightened and made it more difficult for them."
Joe Ingles and Georges Niang led the way out of the area and made a career-high seven 3s each. Both players finished with 21 points. Jordan Clarkson added 20.
Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball each scored 21 points to lead the Hornets. Malik Monk added 20. Charlotte (14-16) lost 25 points on 21 sales in Utah.
"I have the feeling we've all got tired," said Ball. "We didn't put four quarters together, but three."
From the opening peak, jazz attacked continuously from the scope. They shot 29 3-pointers before half-time - a club record for attempts in one half.
It paid off sometimes. Utah made eight 3s in the first quarter as 72% of its shot attempts during the reporting period came from behind.
Even so, Jazz fell behind in the second quarter, trailing way behind the third, having gone laconic on defense and repeated sales on offense. Charlotte ended up with 21 fast break points, 14 at halftime.
"They played games and took advantage of the fact that we weren't as precise as we needed to be on the defensive," said Jazz coach Quin Snyder. "I thought in the second half we cleaned up a lot of these things, a lot of these little things."
Charlotte built her first double-digit lead at the start of the third round when P.J. Washington's steal and slam completed a 12-1 run that put the Hornets 81-70 ahead. Charlotte forced six sales during the sprint and made four baskets from those sales - highlighted by 3 pointers on three straight properties from Ball, Hayward and Washington.
Utah erased the deficit and prevailed before the end of the third quarter with successive baskets from Clarkson and Niang. Their buckets triggered the team's decisive 26-2 run.
Jazz opened the fourth with baskets on five straight properties. Successive 3-pointers from Mike Conley and Niang halted the run, giving Utah a 111-92 lead.
"We couldn't score a goal," said Hornets coach James Borrego. “And we couldn't defend ourselves. That is the challenge for the young group if you don't score. Can you come back and still have the same intensity? "
Hornets: Hayward had a wrist injury 10 minutes before the end. He has not returned and is day after day. ... Charlotte was charged with a technical foul late in the third quarter for having six players on the field with one active ball.
Jazz: Utah was the fastest team in NBA history to score 500 3-point points in one season and reach the milestone in just 31 games. ... Rudy Gobert and Snyder were asked to commit technical fouls in the fourth quarter.
Niang spectacularly broke a shooting slump, taking as many 3-point points as in his last four games combined. He shot 2 out of 10 a few days earlier during the two-game series against the Clippers.
The reserve striker finished the second 20-point game of his NBA career with 7 out of 7 points from the 3-point range. Niang's 21 points were a season high.
"I just like the fact that he didn't hesitate and kept shooting," said Snyder. "This is how you break through if you keep shooting."
Hornets: Visit the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.
Jazz: Hosted the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
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