Walker leads Hornets to 99-88 victory over Jazz

Walker leads Hornets to 99-88 victory over Jazz
Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (15) smiles after a basket against the Utah Jazz during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Frank Kaminsky added 16 to lead the Charlotte Hornets to their fourth victory in six games, 99-88 over the Utah Jazz on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

Marvin Williams scored 15 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 12 for Charlotte, which won despite an off night for Dwight Howard, who scored just two first-half points. Howard finished with eight points on 2-of-9 shooting. He also went 4-for-10 from the foul line.

Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb added 11 points apiece for Charlotte.

Howard, held to four points Dec. 31 (Jan. 1, PHL time) in a road game against the Los Angeles Clippers, led Charlotte with 13 rebounds. He picked up a technical foul in the first quarter for arguing a non-call.

Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points for Utah, which has lost 14-of-19. Rodney Hood added 15 and Royce O’Neale 11 for Utah, which had been 10-3 when holding opponents to 100 points or fewer.

Mitchell, whose father played college baseball at Charlotte, had 22 points at halftime on 7-of-12 shooting for the Jazz, who shot better from three in the first half (46. per cent) than from the field (39 per cent).

TIP-INS

Jazz: Forward Thabo Sefolosha left the game with a knee injury in the second period. . Rudy Gobert missed his 13th consecutive game (knee). ... Utah has won seven of the past 10 matchups with Charlotte.

Hornets: Coach Steve Clifford will rejoin the team for practice on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Clifford, who left the team Dec. 6 (Dec. 7, PHL time) because of health reasons, will coach the Hornets Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) against Washington. ... Charlotte has had five different leading scorers in its past 11 games.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Host Pacers on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).

Hornets: Host Thunder on Saturday afternoon (Sunday, PHL time).

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