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Jazz lose thriller in New Orleans, 88-86
New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Austin Rivers takes the court before an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) dunks the ball over New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Austin Rivers, left, and small forward Al-Farouq Aminu (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) drives against New Orleans Hornets power forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Hornets power forward Anthony Davis (23) passes the ball over Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez (21) goes to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez (21) scores the winning basket in the fourth quarter over Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) during an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornet won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez (21) celebrates with power forward Ryan Anderson after scoring the game-winning basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornet won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Hornets center Robin Lopez (15) shoots over Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornets won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Hornets power forward Ryan Anderson (33) shoots over Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornets won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Hornets center Robin Lopez (15) goes to the basket against Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornets won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin calls to his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornets won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams calls to his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornets won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Utah Jazz point guard Randy Foye (8) takes the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornets won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Hornets power forward Anthony Davis (23) blocks a shot from Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornets won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) shoots the ball over New Orleans Hornets power forward Ryan Anderson (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornets won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams (5) scores past New Orleans Hornets power forward Anthony Davis (23) and small forward Al-Farouq Aminu (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornets won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) shoots the ball over New Orleans Hornets power forward Ryan Anderson (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornets won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Hornets and the Utah Jazz in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornets won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Xavier Henry (4) goes to the basket against Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) and shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The Hornets won 88-86. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

New Orleans • Folks here believe the team name "Jazz" belongs to the city of New Orleans. The Hornets will just have to settle for having Utah’s number.

The Jazz lost for the fifth time in seven games against the Hornets, this time 88-86 after a miscommunication between Mo Williams and Gordon Hayward allowed New Orleans’ guard Greivis Vasquez to drive for the game-winning basket with 1.3 seconds remaining.

Paul Millsap made a rare 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to tie the game at 86, but on New Orleans’ ensuing drive, Vasquez drove right on the pick-and-roll. Williams, guarding Vasquez, bumped into Hayward, who tried to switch on to Vasquez but instead tumbled to the floor, allowing the former University of Maryland star a clear path to the basket.

"We were trying to switch," Hayward said. "It’s loud in there, I was yelling ‘switch’ and he probably just didn’t hear me. ... We can’t let it get down to that type of play. We have to get a stop — we should have put them away earlier."

The Jazz, who fell to 1-1 on the season, had their opportunities.

Mo Williams missed a turn-around 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired. Randy Foye, who signed a one-year contract with the Jazz in the offseason, led the team with 20 points off the bench. Last year, a Jazz reserve scored 20 or more only four times.

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But Foye missed a jump shot in the final minute that would have put the Jazz up 4, but instead barely grazed the rim and set up a New Orleans possession that resulted in Ryan Anderson’s fifth 3-pointer of the game, which put the Hornets up 84-83 with 32.7 seconds left.

"Everything was going kind of crazy at the time, and I took a bad shot," Foye said.

It was a stunning result for the Jazz, who looked so good in their 113-94 win over Dallas on Wednesday, especially after New Orleans rookie forward Anthony Davis left the game for good in the second quarter with what was deemed to be a mild concussion.

For the Jazz, they can only hope that losing their first game of the season isn’t a harbinger for the rest of November. They play 11 of their next 16 games on the road, including Saturday in San Antonio against the Spurs, who swept the Jazz out of last year’s playoffs in first round.

"It was a tough loss, by all means," Mo Williams said, "but at the end of the day, we’ve got a tough one tomorrow."

At Friday’s pregame shoot-around, coach Tyrone Corbin said the hallmarks of a team that wins on the road include "being a team that’s been together for a while." On Friday, the Jazz looked very much like a team with several new faces in the second game of the season.

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