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                === Jazz remain hot, down struggling Hornets ===
 
 New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Al Jefferson put home a game-high 19 points
 and  pulled down  seven rebounds as the  Utah Jazz knocked off the New Orleans
 Hornets, 96-84, on Wednesday at New Orleans Arena.
 
 Paul  Millsap scored 16 points and grabbed eight boards, while Marvin Williams
 also had 16 points for the Jazz, who have won five of their last six contests.
 Gordon Hayward hit 4-of-8 from the floor for 15 points in the victory.
 
 "It's  a  road win for  us. That's what  we came out  to get," Jazz head coach
 Tyrone Corbin said. "We toughed it out."
 
 Greivis  Vasquez  scored 18 points  and handed  out eight assists, while Robin
 Lopez contributed 18 points and seven boards for the Hornets, who lost for the
 eighth time in nine tries. Brian Roberts gave 11 points in the setback.
 
 A tightly played first quarter,  in which neither  side led by more  than five
 and the lead changed hands three times, ended all tied at 20 apiece.
 
 Utah  scored the first  nine points of the second quarter to open a 29-20 lead
 with  6:08 on the  clock. New Orleans answered with an 11-4 surge, capped by a
 deep  jumper by  Roger Mason Jr., which  cut the deficit to 33-31 with 2:47 to
 play before the break.
 
 Williams  sank a pair of free throws with less than a minute to go in the half
 to  push  the lead to  six, but  the Hornets netted  the final four points and
 trailed 41-39 at the break.
 
 Utah  took control  of the  game in  the third  quarter as  a free  throw from
 Williams gave the Jazz a 56-46 lead with 5:12 to play in the stanza.
 
 Four  straight  points from Vasquez  cut the Hornets'  deficit to six, but the
 Jazz  responded  with eight  straight points  to push  the advantage to 64-50.
 Enes  Kanter capped  the quarter with an  easy layup at the buzzer to give the
 Jazz a comfortable 72-56 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.
 
 Demarre Carroll drained a deep trey early in the fourth to give the Jazz their
 largest  lead of the  night, 75-58, but the Hornets rallied with an 11-1 surge
 to cut the deficit to 76-69 with 7:28 to play.
 
 A  three-point  play by Hayward  put the  Jazz back up  by 11, but New Orleans
 again cut it to seven on a pair of free throws by Jason Smith with 5:14 on the
 clock.
 
 New  Orleans could  not get  any  closer, however,  as the  Jazz maintained  a
 comfortable lead the rest of the way.
 
 "When  you  miss shots and  turn the ball  over, it usually  sets you up for a
 loss,"  Hornets  coach Monty  Williams said.  "Our guys  never quit though, no
 matter who we put in the game. Some nights you don't have it."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Utah snapped a three-game slide in New Orleans ... The Jazz improved to 3-7 on
 the  road  this season ...  Utah shot 49.2 percent  from the floor and 6-of-11
 from 3-point range, while the Hornets hit 42.5 percent from the field but just
 5-of-21  from  beyond the arc  ... The Jazz  hit 28-of-38 free throw attempts,
 while the Hornets had 21 free throws, making 17.
 
 
 11/28 23:21:34 ET