Hayward, Millsap help Jazz beat Hornets 95-83

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2013 at 12:20 am •  Published: April 6, 2013
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some players would stop shooting after a 1-of-8 start.

"He's not one of them," Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap said of teammate Gordon Hayward.

Hayward scored 10 straight points in the fourth quarter and finished with 23 as the Jazz beat the New Orleans Hornets 95-83 on Friday night.

"You see the first one drop ... and the ball started going in," said Hayward, who scored 20 second-half points and hit 4 of 5 3-pointers after the break. "I credit my teammates for continuing to find me."

The Jazz (40-37) remained a half-game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Utah led by just four entering the fourth but opened the quarter on an 8-0 run, capped by Hayward's 7-foot jumper. He would follow with a pair of 3s, then dunk an alley-oop pass after a steal by DeMarre Carroll as Utah surged ahead 87-73 with 4:47 remaining.

The Hornets got no closer than 10 and scored just 16 in the fourth.

Derrick Favors added 10 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots for the Jazz.

Anthony Davis scored 24 and Greivis Vasquez added 21 for the Hornets (26-50), who lost the season series to Utah 3-1.

"If you would have said to me that Utah was only going to score 95 points and get to the free throw line 11 times, you would take that," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "We just couldn't make a shot ... and there were some energy plays that I would we could have back."

The Jazz hardly looked like a team in a playoff race early. The arena was half empty at the start of the game and the Jazz were cold, shooting 29.4 percent late in the first as New Orleans built an 18-11 lead.

The Hornets led 24-17 after one, outscoring Utah 16-8 in the paint and 8-0 on the break while holding a 12-7 rebounding edge.

The Jazz used a 23-8 run to start the second quarter, building a 40-32 lead.

It started with Carroll, who hasn't seen significant playing time in weeks but helped turn boos into cheers.

"Carroll infused himself into the game and that was huge for them," Williams said of the 6-foot-8 forward nicknamed "Junk Yard Dog" because of his scrappiness.

In addition to Carroll, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin used an odd combination during the run, with starter Millsap playing alongside reserves Jamaal Tinsley, Alec Burks, Carroll and Favors. The unit had played just six minutes together before but they clicked Friday.