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Jazz bury Hornets 94-66 with barrage of 3-pointers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rookie Rodney Hood set a career high for the second time in three games with 24 points, and the Utah Jazz extended their season-best win streak to six games with a 94-66 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

The Jazz put together their most prolific first half of the season with a record-setting barrage of 3-point baskets. Utah hit 12 of 15 3-pointers to set a franchise record for the most in a half. The Jazz led by 14 after the first quarter and 61-30 at halftime.

Gordon Hayward scored 18 points while Rudy Gobert had nine points and 22 rebounds — his third consecutive game with 19-plus boards.

Lance Stephenson led the Hornets with 17 points off the bench. Al Jefferson finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Six Jazz players made 3-pointers in the first 24 minutes and only two missed. Their last eight baskets in the first quarter were all from behind the arc and Trey Burke’s basket from straightaway to start the second quarter made it nine in a row.

The Jazz shot 51.2 percent from the field in the first half and 80 percent from long range. They finished with 15 3-pointers to tie the franchise record.

The 66 points for the Hornets were a season low.



Hornets: Their 30 points were two shy of a season low in the first half. … Starters Mo Williams, Jefferson and Marvin Williams all played multiple seasons for the Jazz. … The Hornets shot 29.5 percent from the field and 26.3 percent from behind the arc. … Charlotte never led.

Jazz: Utah scored 30 points in the first quarter while hitting 8 of 9 3-pointers. Those were the most Jazz points scored in the period since Dec. 17. … The eight 3-pointers in the first were a franchise record for any quarter. Eight first-quarter 3-pointers are a single-quarter franchise record. … The Jazz had a season high for first-half points with 61. It was one shy of their high for any half, the 62 in the second half against Indiana on Jan. 5.


Hornets: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Jazz: Host Washington on Wednesday.

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