Walker leads Hornets to 99-88 victory over Jazz

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Frank Kaminsky added 16 to lead the Charlotte Hornets to their fourth victory in six games, 99-88 over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

Marvin Williams scored 15 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 12 for Charlotte, which won despite an off night for Dwight Howard, who scored just two first-half points. Howard finished with eight points on 2-of-9 shooting. He also went 4 for 10 from the foul line.

Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb added 11 points apiece for Charlotte.

Howard, held to four points Dec. 31 in a road game against the Los Angeles Clippers, led Charlotte with 13 rebounds. He picked up a technical foul in the first quarter for arguing a non-call.

Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points for Utah, which has lost 14 of 19. Rodney Hood added 15 and Royce O'Neale 11 for Utah, which had been 10-3 when holding opponents to 100 points or fewer.

Mitchell, whose father played college baseball at Charlotte, had 22 points at halftime on 7-of-12 shooting for the Jazz, who shot better from 3 in the first half (46. percent) than from the field (39 percent).


Jazz: Forward Thabo Sefolosha left the game with a knee injury in the second period. . Rudy Gobert missed his 13th consecutive game (knee). . Utah has won seven of the past 10 matchups with Charlotte.

Hornets: Coach Steve Clifford will rejoin the team for practice on Tuesday. Clifford, who left the team Dec. 6 because of health reasons, will coach the Hornets Wednesday against Washington. . Charlotte has had five different leading scorers in its past 11 games.


Jazz: Host Pacers on Monday night.

Hornets: Host Thunder on Saturday afternoon.

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