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Utah Jazz: In need of a win, Jefferson and Millsap provide one
Utah Jazz's Jamaal Tinsley, right, knocks the ball from New Orleans Hornets' Greivis Vasquez (21) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
New Orleans Hornets' Greivis Vasquez (21), of Venezuela, drives around Utah Jazz's Jamaal Tinsley (6)in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
New Orleans Hornets' Anthony Davis (23) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap (24) and Marvin Williams (2) watch in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Marvin Williams (2) blocks the shot of New Orleans Hornets' Greivis Vasquez (21), of Venezuela, in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
New Orleans Hornets' Ryan Anderson (33) shoots as Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap (24) defends in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) passes the ball against New Orleans Hornets' Greivis Vasquez (21), of Venezuela, in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) dunks the ball as New Orleans Hornets' Ryan Anderson (33) watches in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
New Orleans Hornets' Robin Lopez (15) fouls Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson (25) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
New Orleans Hornets' Anthony Davis, right, forces a jump ball with Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap (24) in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz defeated the Hornets 104-99. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
New Orleans Hornets' Anthony Davis, left, and Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap, front left, follow a jump ball as New Orleans Hornets' Robin Lopez, center rear and Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson (25) watches in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City.  The Jazz defeated the Hornets 104-99. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap (24) shoots as New Orleans Hornets' Anthony Davis (23) watches in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz defeated the Hornets 104-99. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
New Orleans Hornets' head coach Monty Williams shouts to his team in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz defeated the Hornerts 104-99. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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And what better way to move on?

Millsap and Jefferson entered the game as the Jazz’s two leading scorers and rebounders. For a franchise that has long built itself around big men, it needs the pair to thrive to be successful.

“Me and Paul the leaders of this team,” Jefferson said. “Along with Mo [Williams], and he’s out right now. So me and Paul have to step up.”

And while Jefferson was his usual efficient self, finishing 10 of 18 from the field, Millsap caught fire in the second half. He scored 11 points in the first 5 minutes, 20 seconds of the third quarter and his 14-foot jumper with 1:51 remaining put the Jazz up 97-94.

“I don’t remember too many times when Paul have a great game and we lose,” Jefferson said. “I have great games all the time and we still might lose. But when Paul have a great game, it’s very big for us.”

The Jazz were 32 of 46 from the free throw line, including a career-high 16 attempts (11 makes) by Millsap.

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After trailing 29-19 at the end of the first quarter, the Jazz outscored New Orleans 32-18 in the second period. They never trailed by more than one point in the second half.

After the win, after the center of the Jazz — well, the center and the power forward — scored 13 of their last 16 points, the players retreated to the locker room. Jefferson and Millsap sat side by side, and moments later, a semicircle of cameras and microphones formed around them.

boram@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribjazz

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Millsap, Jefferson combine for 47 points in Utah’s win.

At a glance

Jazz 104, Hornets 99

O The Jazz recover from a 45-point loss Monday to beat the Hornets.

» The Jazz are 5-1 in games in which Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap both score 20 or more points.

» Point guard Greivis Vasquez records 17 points and 13 assists to lead the Hornets.


 
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