NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Utah
(Tuesday, February 1st)
Final Score: Charlotte 109, Utah 105
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Gerald Wallace scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to their second road victory in club history, a 109-105 triumph over the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center.
Brevin Knight delivered 21 points and eight assists for the Bobcats, who in their inaugural campaign had recorded just one win away from home, at Houston on December 22. Jason Kapono added 12 points off the bench in the victory.
"He was very aggressive," Knight said of Wallace. "He gets to the bucket and it is hard to stop him when he gets there."
Andrei Kirilenko posted 27 points for the Jazz, who have dropped three straight. Gordan Giricek added 21 points in the losing effort.
"I don't care (how many wins) they have, they played hard," Kirilenko said of losing to a 10-32 Charlotte team.
Earlier Tuesday, the Bobcats placed star rookie Emeka Okafor, the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, on the injured list with a left ankle sprain.
When Giricek hit a tough jumper with 5:25 to play in regulation, the Jazz held a 97-94 edge. Several minutes later on the other end, Wallace connected in the paint and Knight followed with a bucket to bring the visitors within 99-98 with just under three minutes to go.
Melvin Ely's layup and foul shot in the lane soon after tied the contest at 101-101 before Wallace put the Bobcats ahead with a pair from the stripe. Kirilenko answered with several buckets and an Ely hook shot tied it once again at 105-105.
Following a Jazz turnover, Knight nailed one of two from the foul line for a one-point lead and on the ensuing possession, the Bobcat defense created a jump ball, which was won by Charlotte.
Jason Hart's foul shot with 18 seconds left put the Bobcats ahead by two after the Jazz were forced to foul.
Utah then took a timeout and drew up its final play, which eventually saw Giricek miss a wide open three-pointer. Wallace took a long pass after the miss and jammed it home on the other end to create the final margin.
"They really burned us down the stretch," said Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan.
Heading into the second quarter with a 27-24 lead, Utah fell behind in the opening minutes of the frame but used a nice run to regain control near the session's midpoint.
After Kareem Rush connected on a three-pointer that put the Bobcats ahead 31-27, the Jazz competed a 14-3 run to take a seven-point advantage. Kirilenko contributed eight points, including a three-pointer, while Matt Harping added four foul shots during the surge.
Charlotte returned the favor and used a 13-4 spurt to get back in the game with a 47-45 lead. The run spanned four-plus minutes and was capped by a pair of free throws by Jahidi White with just under two minutes remaining before the half.
However, Kris Humphries and Kirk Snyder closed out the scoring for the hosts, who took a 50-47 lead into the break.
The score remained tight in the third quarter and into the fourth, with the teams trading baskets and never letting the other gain much of an advantage.
Okafor was injured when he landed awkwardly late in Sunday's game against the Lakers...To fill the roster spot, the Bobcats activated White from the injured list. He had been out with a right shoulder strain...Utah fell to 9-13 at home this season and has dropped four of its last five at the Delta Center...Kirilenko also posted a career-high 10 assists
02/02 00:35:06 ET