SALT LAKE CITY – – Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a 112-102 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.
Bojan Bogandovic added 23 points for the Jazz, who lost a 22-point lead but finished strong to end a two-game losing streak at home. Donovan Mitchell scored 21.
Utah shot just 35.4% from the field but limited Charlotte to 38.6%.
âWe got to where we wanted to,â Mitchell said. âThey played an area and we were able to break it and get into the paint. Sometimes the shots don’t come in and you have to step up the defense. It’s hard when you miss shots and they hit hard shots.
Gobert went 15 of 16 from the free throw line, setting a new career high for free throws taken. He tied his season high of nine at halftime.
Gobert broke down and rebuilt his form at the line over the past two years. It helped him achieve better results to match the confidence he already had in himself.
âI was never afraid to reach the line,â said Gobert. âSome guys have that mindset. I never had this state of mind.
LaMelo Ball led Charlotte with 21 points and 11 assists before committing a foul in the last minute. Miles Bridges added 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Terry Rozier scored 20 points, but the Hornets couldn’t quite get over another dismal start and lost their third straight on the road.
âWe tried to understand,â Rozier said. âWe must continue to believe. We’ve faced tough teams who move the ball really well, and that just hasn’t helped us when we’re not shooting.
Charlotte erased a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter and took a 92-91 lead over a dunk by Kelly Oubre Jr.
Mike Conley converted a three-point play to put Utah back in the lead. Bogdanovic buried two back-to-back outside baskets and Mitchell also converted a three-point play to take the lead to 104-95 with 1:22 remaining.
Charlotte opened the game by missing eight consecutive shots. The Hornets didn’t get their first basket until Bridges led for a 4Â½-minute layup in the first quarter.
One night after trailing 37-15 after the first quarter in Phoenix, the Hornets shot 5 of 24 from the field during the quarter, tying a season low for the fewest baskets in a period.
“I’m one point ahead with three minutes left,” Charlotte coach James Borrego said. âWe continued to fight. We are resilient. We’re showing some combat, but we need to get better starts.
Utah took a 15-2 lead before Charlotte made a basket. The Jazz extended their lead to 21 points later in the quarter, with a 29-8 lead on a 12-2 streak blocked by two more baskets from Bogdanovic.
Charlotte closed within six points in the third quarter when Ish Smith buried a 3 point. Jordan Clarkson closed the quarter with 3 straight points to ignite a 15-4 run. Gobert punctuated the run with a pair of dunks that gave Utah an 89-72 lead with 8:28 remaining.
Hornets: Gordon Hayward didn’t play (lower back discomfort) and Cody Martin missed his second straight game (health and safety protocols). â¦ Charlotte fell to 1-7 in Monday’s games this season. â¦ Rozier and Ball combined for just six points in the first half.
Jazz: Royce O’Neale had 13 rebounds, a season high, but also dropped to 1 of 9 on the field. â¦ Utah improved to 30-0 leading by at least 19 points after the first quarter. â¦ The Jazz went 16 out of 53 in a 3 point range.
DESCENDENCE IN THE SECOND QUARTER
After building a 22-point lead early in the second quarter, Utah let Charlotte wipe it out completely late in the fourth. It was the third consecutive home game where the Jazz took a double-digit lead.
Coach Quin Snyder attributed the problems to a poor second quarter, as the Jazz had just five baskets and 19 points after shooting 24% from the field.
âI thought the second quarter we weren’t in sync like we were the other three quarters,â Snyder said.
Utah finished with a 68-51 rebound advantage. The Jazz had 22 offensive rebounds to lead to 22 second chance points.
The Hornets have been passed in 14 of their last 15 games.
âThis is an area that we are trying to clean up and that we continue to focus on,â Borrego said. “It’s just going to take five guys fighting.”
The hornets visit Denver on Thursday.
The Minnesota Jazz host Thursday.