Hornets (11-3), Jazz (11-5)
It was over when... Deron Williams drilled a three-pointer from the left wing, giving Utah a 101-82 lead with just over four minutes left. On the previous Jazz possession, Williams stepped in front of a Hornets crosscourt pass and sped ahead for a breakaway layup.
Hornets MVP: Chris Paul finished with 17 points, nine assists and five steals, one of his better games statistically against the Jazz, who are 12-3 against the Hornets over the past five-plus seasons.
Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: Willie Green scored 13 of the benchs 29 points, adding four rebounds and a steal. Green appeared frustrated a few times by Utahs physical defensive style of play, which often hounded ballhandlers 25-plus feet from the basket.
The buzz on
the impact of chemistry. For the first time this season, the Hornets were soundly defeated, after prior losses by two and four points to the Mavericks and Clippers, respectively. This was also the first time a New Orleans opponent demonstrated a clear advantage in cohesiveness. The Jazz clicked offensively virtually all game, nothing out of the ordinary for a team that is a perennial force on its home floor in Salt Lake City. Over the first 10 or so games of the season, the Hornets looked like a team that had been together for a few years, but Wednesday that description much more closely fit the Jazz.
Blog question of the night: New Orleans is 1-2 over the first three games of this road trip, and did not play well in the victory over Sacramento. In what aspect of the game do the Hornets most need to improve as they continue an extremely difficult upcoming schedule stretch (at Portland, vs. San Antonio, at Oklahoma City)?