NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, November 22nd (All times eastern)
New Orleans Hornets (0-8) at Utah Jazz (7-3), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz will retire point guard John Stockton's jersey at halftime of tonight's game, as they host the winless New Orleans Hornets at the Delta Center.
Stockton, who wore No. 12 during his 19-year career with the Jazz, teamed with forward Karl Malone to give Utah one of the great dynamic duos in NBA history. A pure point guard, Stockton, who played in every game during 17 of his 19 years in the league, was originally selected out of Gonzaga with the 16th overall pick by the Jazz in the 1984 NBA Draft.
A two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner as a member of the 1992 "Dream Team" in Barcelona and the 1996 United States team in Atlanta, Stockton, who ranks first in league history in assists (15,806) and steals (3,265), was selected to nine All-Star Games during his career. He averaged 13.1 points, 10.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.17 steals in 1,504 games.
This will be the sixth number retired by the Jazz. Stockton's number will join coach Frank Layden (No. 1), Pete Maravich (No. 7), Darrell Griffith (No. 35), Mark Eaton (No. 53) and Jeff Hornacek (No. 14).
The Jazz start a three-game homestand tonight. Utah will also host the Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets on the stand.
On Saturday, Carlos Boozer scored 20 points and hauled in 11 boards to lead Utah to a 92-79 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mehmet Okur added 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Jazz, who put an end to a two- game losing streak. Andrei Kirilenko and Gordan Giricek each contributed 11 points in the win. Kirilenko also had a game-high 14 boards while handing out seven assists and blocking seven shots.
Forward Matt Harpring missed his second straight game on Saturday with a bruised left knee. He is questionable for tonight's contest.
Utah is 3-1 as the host this season.
New Orleans, which is 0-2 as the visitor this season, starts a five-game road trip tonight. The Hornets will also visit the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, and Denver Nuggets during the trek.
The Hornets remained winless this season after a 99-94 setback at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. The 0-8 record for New Orleans under new head coach Byron Scott extends the worst start in franchise history. It also marks the longest losing streak for the Hornets in 11 years.
Forward Lee Nailon led the Hornets in the loss to the Timberwolves with a season-high 21 points off the bench, while David Wesley added 14 points and four assists for New Orleans, which is eight games under .500 for first time since 1998-99.
Last season, the Jazz and Hornets split a pair of contests. Overall, the Hornets have won five of the last eight contests in this series. The Hornets have lost seven of eight and eight of their last 10 at Utah.
11/22 10:06:50 ET