Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Wednesday, November 12th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 31st

Jazz 89


Hornets 96

(6-3, 4-1 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, November 12, 2003

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 23 16 29 2189
    NO 22 30 26 1896

    Top Performers

    UTAH: A. Kirilenko 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    NO: B. Davis 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Davis' 23 points help end losing streak

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Baron Davis was too much for Utah's young backcourt, drawing enough attention that the Jazz had no way to deal with Steve Smith.

    Davis had 23 points and nine assists, helping the New Orleans Hornets snap a two-game losing skid with a 96-89 victory Wednesday night.

    "You're not going to stop a great player like him," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said of his starting guards, Carlos Arroyo and DeShawn Stevenson, who have a combined five years of NBA experience. "But we have to try to compete and I think they got a little intimidated as to who he was."

    Smith, a 12-year veteran who wasn't signed by New Orleans until the start of the regular season, scored 15 points in 20 minutes, hitting all seven of his free throws.

    "When Baron would penetrate and draw a couple guys, I got a chance to get an open look," Smith said. "If I can get some open shots I have a good chance of hitting them."

    David Wesley scored 17 for New Orleans, while Jamaal Magloire scored 12.

    Matt Harpring scored 20 to lead Utah (4-4), which dropped to 0-4 on the road. Andrei Kirilenko and Stevenson each added 15.

    Davis shot only 7-for-20 from the field but made four 3-pointers to go with 5-of-8 free-throw shooting. The Hornets shot 12-of-24 from 3-point range. Davis is shooting 44 percent from long range this season.

    "This is the way we play. We go for a lot of home run balls and they've been falling for us," said Davis, who has scored more than 20 points in seven of nine games. "Our defense keeps us in it. We run a lot, and by running we get a lot of 3-point opportunities."

    The Jazz shot only 1-of-12 on 3-pointers, but Sloan was bothered more by his team missing several inside shots.

    New Orleans "made 3-pointers, but we would have been OK if we would have made layups," Sloan said.

    Utah's point total marked a considerable improvement for New Orleans' defense, which had given up an average of 117 points in its previous two games.

    "I think our pressure was good," Wesley said. "We caused some turnovers and got in transition. That's how we've got to play."

    In its half-court offense, Utah routinely swung the ball around the floor with quick passes to players moving without the ball. At times it seemed to backfire as several passes sailed out of bounds with no Jazz player nearby, and Utah finished with 17 turnovers.

    Other times it produced points, however, with Utah players receiving passes close to the basket as they cut into spaces created when New Orleans' zone defense shifted. Utah outscored New Orleans inside 50-24.

    Harpring converted a layup on one such inside pass while being pushed in the back by Sean Rooks, then hit the ensuing free throw to cut the Hornets' lead to 69-64 late in the third quarter.

    But Smith, sent in after George Lynch committed his fourth foul, answered with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to build New Orleans' lead back to 76-66.

    Utah got as close as 87-82 when Jarron Collins hit a pair of free throws with 5:29 left, but New Orleans put the game away by scoring the next seven points on free throws by Wesley, a 3-pointer by Lynch and a jumper by P.J. Brown that was set up by Davis off the drive.

    "We were within five and then I don't know what happened," Harpring said. "I thought we had our opportunities to win. We didn't make shots when we had to."

    Davis and reserve guard Darrell Armstrong helped the Hornets build a 52-39 lead at halftime. Armstrong hit three 3-pointers in the half while Davis hit two from long range.

    Game notes

    Kirilenko made his only two free throws and is now a perfect 36-for-36 on the season. ... The Hornets (6-3) are 5-0 when leading or tied after three quarters. ... Stacey Augmon of the Hornets, who left the team for four games after a death in his family, returned to the lineup but did not play.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 96
    FGM-FGA 35-72 (.486) 31-67 (.463)
    3PM-3PA 1-12 (.083) 12-24 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 18-23 (.783) 22-28 (.786)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-35 7-30
    Assists 26 24
    Turnovers 17 15
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 4 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 22 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Andrei Kirilenko Kirilenko
    Points: 15
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 23
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1