Walker leads Hornets to 99-88 victory over Jazz

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, left, talks with Dwight Howard, right, during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Uta

Utah Jazz's Joe Ingles (2) defends Charlotte Hornets' Nicolas Batum (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Ja

Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots over Charlotte Hornets' Treveon Graham (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Frank Kaminsky added 16 to lead the Charlotte Hornets to their fourth victory in six games, 99-88 over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

Marvin Williams scored 15 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 12 for Charlotte, which won despite an off night for Dwight Howard, who scored just two first-half points. Howard finished with eight points on 2-of-9 shooting. He also went 4 for 10 from the foul line.

Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb added 11 points apiece for Charlotte.

Howard, held to four points Dec. 31 in a road game against the Los Angeles Clippers, led Charlotte with 13 rebounds. He picked up a technical foul in the first quarter for arguing a non-call.

Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points for Utah, which has lost 14 of 19. Rodney Hood added 15 and Royce O'Neale 11 for Utah, which had been 10-3 when holding opponents to 100 points or fewer.

Mitchell, whose father played college baseball at Charlotte, had 22 points at halftime on 7-of-12 shooting for the Jazz, who shot better from 3 in the first half (46. percent) than from the field (39 percent).


Jazz: Forward Thabo Sefolosha left the game with a knee injury in the second period. . Rudy Gobert missed his 13th consecutive game (knee). . Utah has won seven of the past 10 matchups with Charlotte.

Hornets: Coach Steve Clifford will rejoin the team for practice on Tuesday. Clifford, who left the team Dec. 6 because of health reasons, will coach the Hornets Wednesday against Washington. . Charlotte has had five different leading scorers in its past 11 games.


Jazz: Host Pacers on Monday night.

Hornets: Host Thunder on Saturday afternoon.


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