Game Recap: Jazz 71 – Hornets 100

Game Details

9:00 PM ET, December 17, 2010
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA

1 2 3 4 Final
UTA 14 19 21 17 71
NOH 21 29 31 19 100

Top Performers
Utah: P. Milsap 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk
New Orleans: D. West 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk
ESPN.com Box Score

Recap

Rough night. There’s pretty much no other way to put it.

The Hornets won every quarter and outperformed the Jazz in every relevant statical category except for steals and turnovers. The Hornets shot 50.7% from the field compared to the Jazz’ 35.8% (note: This is the lowest that the Jazz have shot in a game all year, and no team has shot worse against the Hornets this season). The Jazz ended with a season low 13 assists, compared with 23 from the Hornets, and a season low 24 rebounds, compared to a season high 53 from the Hornets.

Basically, from a Jazz perspective, nothing was going right, and I do mean nothing.

The one bright point is that Okur returned to the court for the first time since his injury in last year’s post-season. He played 11 minutes, and looked to be on the road back to his usual performance levels.

The Jazz face off with the Bucks on Saturday night, the 2nd game of their four game road trip.

Game Quotes

Jerry Sloan

“They man-handled us the whole game. They beat us in every quarter. They played great, they pushed the ball up the floor, drove around us, dunked over us and everything else. We just didn’t have any answers. Give them a lot of credit, they were ready to play.”

Deron Williams

“They executed their game plan. They played harder than us. They took it to us early. We missed some shots. A lot of that was because of their defense. They pushed us out of our sets. Anytime we have under twenty assists, we don’t stand much of a chance of winning.”

“Forget all the other stats that we didn’t do well on, we’re a team that prides itself on passing the ball and making extra passes. This is one of those games that nothing went right for us from the start. We missed free throws. We were selfish on both ends. A lot of it was them. They came out and played us tough. They forced us out of our offense.”

Mehmet Okur

“It’s been eight months. It’s really tough to come out and play a great team five-on-five. It’s just a different story. It could have been better, but I’ll take it because it’s the first game. We just have to work harder and move on.”

Quotes from The Salt Lake Tribune

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~ by djepperson on December 18, 2010.

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