Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Wednesday, October 30th
Game 2: Thursday, December 12th

Hornets 93

(16-7, 5-6 away)

Jazz 88


    8:00 PM ET, December 12, 2002

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 12 23 36 2293
    UTAH 24 14 29 2188

    Top Performers

    NO: D. Wesley 33 Pts, 1 Reb

    UTAH: K. Malone 18 Pts, 13 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    Davis puts finishing touches on Wesley's big game

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Baron Davis' bad back felt pretty good at the end of the game Thursday night against the Utah Jazz.

    Jamal Mashburn

    Jamal Mashburn, right, has played in all 23 of the Hornets' games this season after missing 42 last season.

    Davis hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play in the final minute as the New Orleans Hornets opened a seven-game road trip with a 93-88 victory.

    ''He played through it, but it's killing him. I admire him for that,'' Hornets coach Paul Silas said. ''But a 70 to 80 percent Baron is better than we are without him.''

    Davis, who was just 3-for-13 from the floor, got a lot of help from teammate David Wesley, who was 8-for-10 from 3-point range and finished with 33 points.

    After missing his first 3-point attempt in the opening quarter, Wesley made eight in a row and helped the Hornets rally from a 14-point first-half deficit.

    ''They kept going in, so I kept shooting them,'' Wesley said. ''It felt good because I was tired and had a splitting headache. But when shots are falling you feel good.''

    The Jazz had a chance to tie it at 88 with about 10 seconds to go. But Karl Malone's jump shot bounced off the rim and the rebound kicked out to Davis, who drove for a layup and was fouled with 6.1 seconds left.

    Davis, whose 3-pointer put the Hornets up 88-84 with 58 seconds to go, made the free throw and the Hornets held on for the victory.

    ''I hadn't hit a shot all night, so (John) Stockton felt he could leave me open. But I'm not afraid to take the big shots,'' Davis said of the clutch 3-pointer, which was just his second field goal of the night.

    Jamal Mashburn finished with 19 points for the Hornets. He was 2-for-2 on 3-pointers as the Hornets went 11-for-20 from beyond the arc.

    ''It was amazing,'' said Matt Harpring, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz. ''Every time they shot a 3-pointer it seemed like it went in.''

    Utah loses Collins
    to a sprained knee
    SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah center Jarron Collins left the game Thursday against the New Orleans Hornets in the second quarter with a knee injury.

    Collins, who backs up Greg Ostertag, came down awkwardly on his right leg while trying to block Elden Campbell's shot.

    He remained on the floor in front of the Hornets bench for several minutes before he was helped to the locker room. The initial diagnosis was a sprain.

    Collins was averaging 5.7 points and had played in each of the Jazz's 22 games this season. He had two rebounds and no points when he left the game Thursday with 6:37 left in the second quarter.

    -- The Associated Press

    Utah lost for the second time in as many games against New Orleans, the original home of the Jazz.

    Malone scored 18 and had 13 rebounds as Utah lost for just the second time at home this season. Calbert Cheaney scored 16 and Andrei Kirilenko finished with 14 points for the Jazz.

    Jamaal Magloire and Elden Campbell each scored 13 for the Hornets, who recovered from an awful shooting start to the game.

    ''They made shots and we didn't,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. ''They came down and got what they wanted. That 3-point shot went down for them a couple of times.''

    After falling behind by as much as eight, the Jazz regained the lead, which would go back and forth until the final minutes.

    Wesley tied it at 82 with a 3-pointer with three minutes left. Then, after Harpring put the Jazz back up with two free throws, Campbell hit two from the line to tie it again.

    Magloire went 1-for-2 from the line with 1:42 left to put the Hornets up to stay at 85-84.

    ''This was a winnable game, so it's disappointing,'' Harpring said.

    The Hornets trailed by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, but ended the first half on a 14-4 run to cut the lead to 38-35. The Jazz were just 6-for-18 in the second quarter after going 11-for-18 in the first.

    Game notes

    Mashburn's 19 points got him to 34 of 10,000 for his career. ... The Hornets made just one of their first 10 shots and went scoreless for 4:42 in the first quarter. Magloire finally ended the drought when he dunked off a rebound with 6:32 left and cut Utah's lead to 10-4. ... The Jazz used a 10-0 run near the end of the first quarter and led 24-12 entering the second. Malone started it with a layup, Kirilenko hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired, then made a nice feed to Harpring on the baseline after making a steal and Jackson capped it with a 3-pointer. ... The Jazz had not lost in the Delta Center since the Detroit Pistons beat them 80-78 Nov. 6.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 88
    FGM-FGA 31-76 (.408) 35-73 (.479)
    3PM-3PA 11-20 (.550) 3-7 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 20-28 (.714) 15-19 (.789)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-31 12-44
    Assists 17 26
    Turnovers 15 21
    Steals 12 10
    Blocks 3 9
    Fast Break Points 5 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/1) 22 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    David Wesley Wesley
    Points: 33
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Karl Malone Malone
    Points: 18
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0