CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker had 20 points, Al Jefferson added 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Utah Jazz for the first time in six years, 104-86 on Saturday night.
Jefferson nearly registered his third straight game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds but left the game with six minutes remaining with a mild groin strain and did not return. Jefferson was available to play, but the Hornets had the game in hand and didn’t want to risk further injury.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who have won back-to-back games for only the third time this season.
The Hornets (8-19) had lost 10 straight games against the Jazz with their last win coming on Nov. 14, 2008.
Gordon Hayward had 14 points to lead Utah (8-20). Rudy Gobert had 11 points and 12 rebounds as the Jazz had its two-game winning streak snapped.
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