Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/31/13
SALT LAKE CITY -- It wasn't a blowout like many of their flustered fans would've preferred, but the Utah Jazz bounced back from Monday's humiliating loss to Houston. Paul Millsap scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Al Jefferson had 22 points as the Jazz rebounded to beat the New Orleans Hornets 104-99 Wednesday night at EnergySolutions Arena. "Absolutely. Absolutely," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We got the result we were looking for." Jefferson scored six points in the final four minutes, including a key jumper to put the Jazz up 99-94 with 1:16 remaining. Jazz guard Randy Foye added 14 points, including three game-clinching free throws in the final 18 seconds. Millsap, who hit 7 of 12 shots, also had a pair of foul shots in the closing seconds to help Utah wrap this one up. The Jazz improved to 25-21 and 16-5 at home with the tight victory, which came two nights after a 125-80 blowout loss to the Houston Rockets that players admitted was embarrassing. "We knew that the next game was going to be tough," Millsap said. "We started off slow, but we got ourselves going and ended up winning the game, but it feels good." Greivis Vasquez tallied 17 points and 13 assists and Ryan Anderson added 16 points for the Hornets, who fell to 15-31 with their second loss in as many nights. "We fought last night (in Los Angeles) in the second quarter. Tonight we had a good start and in the second quarter gave up 32 points. We just can't afford to do things like that," said Hornets guard Roger Mason, whose team watched a 12-point first-quarter lead turn into a four-point halftime deficit. "We fought, but we gave up a lot of points in the paint, which hurt us last time against Utah." Rookie Anthony Davis got hot late in the game to help New Orleans make this one interesting. Davis had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and twice cut the lead down to one with inside buckets, including a tip that made it 95-94 with 2:18 remaining. Millsap and Jefferson followed with consecutive jumpers to give the Jazz a five-point lead that they held onto down the stretch. "I thought it was real pretty," Jefferson said. "It's a win, especially compared to Monday night." The Jazz came out looking like they still had a hangover from Monday's 45-point loss to the Rockets, which was the worst home loss in the 39-year history of the franchise. The Hornets, despite playing a late game the night before in Los Angeles, powered their way to an early double-digit lead. Anderson put New Orleans up 24-12 and the visitors took a 29-19 edge into the second quarter. "It's tough to let a game like that go. You have to move on and put one foot ahead of the other and keep pushing," said Millsap, who had 19 points in the second half. "We let it go and we came out tonight. It seemed like it was getting ready to go that way again, but we got it going and won the game." The Jazz, sparked by Foye's outside shooting and Derrick Favors' interior presence, opened the quarter with an 11-3 run. Foye and Favors each had 11 points by halftime, when Utah had turned the big deficit into a 51-47 lead. "It might be me putting the wrong guys in the game. It seems to be the same few guys making the mistakes. That may sound harsh," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "This is a harsh league. Guys don't understand how you have to play on a consistent basis. That is the output you're going to have." After Monday, the Jazz will take it. NOTES: With it being the second night of a back-to-back, Hornets guard Eric Gordon dressed but did not play to rest his sore right knee. "I don't know how long it's going to last," Williams said. "I wish it was over. As a coach, you want all your guys available, but everybody is dealing with that. It happens. We want to make sure we do everything medically right in Eric's situation." ... The Jazz were also without Gordon (Hayward). The sixth man missed his second consecutive game with a sprained right shoulder. "We want to make sure he's well when he gets back. We want him to be healthy for the rest of the year for us," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "As bad as I want him back in the lineup, we have to do the smart thing and the right thing by him." ... Louisiana native Millsap was asked about New Orleans changing its nickname from Hornets to Pelicans. The Jazz forward smiled and repeated: "It's the state bird."
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Rams WR Stedman Bailey in hospital after being shot in head

Furious Brad Stevens blasts Celtics after lackluster game

Did Bryce Harper deserve the MVP?

Duke 5-star commit posts moving message after successful surgery

Ex-LSU commit still supports Les Miles

Report: Ray Lewis gave Bills pregame pep talk


Report: Marshawn Lynch out a few weeks to recover

Peyton Manning to miss at least two more weeks

Notre Dame DT: Committee 'spit in our faces' with ranking

LaRon Landry suspended indefinitely by NFL

Don’t blame Mike Pettine for benching Johnny Manziel. Blame Johnny.

Danny Ainge: Celtics’ Marcus Smart has shown ‘propensity to get injured’

Nick Young seems to take shot at Kobe Bryant

WATCH: College basketball player makes 3-pointer while wobbly from concussion

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

Clemson WR calls South Carolina fans 'rude'

Jonathan Lucroy trade market bolstered by weak catching market

Michigan State lists two starting QBs on depth chart

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

LISTEN: Browns fan cries on radio while ripping Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen says he was injured vs. Alabama

Report: Maple Leafs are no longer the NHL’s most valuable franchise

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Did a Chipotle employee convince Danny Ainge to trade for Isaiah Thomas?

Bud Black joins Angels organization as special assistant to GM

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Tom Brady on ‘Rex Ryan!’ line call: It’s ‘in the playbook’

Five NFL teams trending downward

Not so fast, USC: Eagles Chip Kelly buys Philly-area home

The five best hockey fights from Week 7

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker