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Utah Jazz: Burke helps Jazz hold off late Bobcats’ rally

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) warms up with player development assistant, Alex Jensen, before the Utah Jazz Charlotte Hornet's game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, December 30, 2013.

By Aaron Falk

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Dec 30 2013 06:04PM
Updated Dec 31, 2013 09:33AM

Trey Burke scored 21 points, including a crucial layup with 19.1 seconds remaining, to lead the Utah Jazz to a 83-80 victory over Charlotte on Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Bobcats trailed, 63-53, starting the fourth quarter. But they took a 77-76 lead on Kemba Walker’s basket with 1:14 left.

Gordon Hayward put the Jazz back in front moments later and, after a defensive stop, Burke drove the lane and just beat the shot clock with a layup to make it 80-77 with 19.1 seconds left.

Charlotte missed twice on its next possession and the Jazz escaped with the victory.

In the first quarter, the Bobcats took an early 10-6 lead before Alec Burks came off the bench and scored six quick points.

It was 21-21 heading into the second quarter, when Hayward returned after playing only four minutes. He scored five points on two possessions as Utah opened a 28-21 lead.

The Jazz managed only one field goal in the final 3:58, but still stayed in front against cold-shooting Charlotte and led, 42-34.

The Bobcats made only 13 of their 38 field-goal attempts in the first half, including 2-for-6 by Walker.

The Jazz used a 9-0 run early in the third quarter to take a 57-43.

When Walker started warming up, however, the Bobcats were able to stay close enough to threaten down the stretch.


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