Mitchell scores 30, Jazz beat Hornets in Korver's debut
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 01, 2018 10:48 AM
Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell, right, drives past Charlotte Hornets' Marvin Williams, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
By Solanger Reyner, Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Robert Gobert had 20 points and 17 rebounds and the Utah Jazz scored 54 points off 3-pointers to hold off the Charlotte Hornets 119-111 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Kyle Korver made four three-pointers and scored 14 points in the debut of his second stint with the Jazz, who acquired the veteran from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Jae Crowder, Korver's former teammate in Cleveland, added 24 points off the bench for Utah.
The Hornets got within six points with just over nine minutes left in the game, but Korver hit a pair of three's to help hold them off.
Utah took its biggest lead at the start of the second period, a 16-point advantage, behind 10 points from Mitchell and eight from Crowder.
Charlotte clawed back late in the first half, mostly behind star Kemba Walker and veteran Tony Parker, and tied the game for the first time midway through the third period on a three-point play by guard Jeremy Lamb.
But Utah kept hitting three's.
Joe Ingles made a 24-footer, Mitchell hit a 27-footer and Crowder, who finished with six triples, connected on a 25-footer during a 90-second stretch late in the third period to get the lead back to 13.
Jazz: Went 5-of-11 on three-pointers in the first quarter to build a 33-19 lead.
Hornets: Charlotte was without starter Cody Zeller most of the game. The center left in the second quarter with a left rib contusion and didn't return. ... Lamb has scored at least 18 points in eight of his last nine games.
This was the annual return to North Carolina for Jazz coach Quin Snyder, who played at Duke. The Blue Devils went to the Final Four three times in Snyder's four seasons.
BACK AND FORTH
The Jazz and Hornets have split their two-game season series in each of the past four years, with the home team prevailing in all eight of those games. Utah will have a chance to sweep this season's series when hosts the Hornets on April 1 (April 2, PHL time).
Jazz: At Miami on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).
Hornets: Host New Orleans on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).