GORDON Hayward scored 33 points, George Hill was hot from deep for 25 and the Utah Jazz staged a fourth quarter comeback in a 105-98 victory against the slumping Charlotte Hornets who fell to their seventh straight loss on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) in Salt Lake City.
The Hornets were up 96-91 before the Hayward’s jumper sparked a 13-0 to make it 106-94 with 42 seconds left in the game.
A floater from Joe Johnson gave Utah its first lead in the fourth quarter, 98-96 with 2:21 left as the Jazz climbed back from 10 points down.
Utah led 52-44 at the half behind Gordon Hayward’s 15 points before consecutive 3-pointers by Kemba Walker and Marvin Williams rallied the Hornets who went on to outscore the Jazz 38-21 to gain a 82-73 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
Hayward, who scored 18 points in the second half, was 13 of 20 from the field and also grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out two assists.
Hill went 5 for 8 from beyond the arc while Joe Johnson added sank 4 triples and added 18 points off the bench for the who Jazz (32-19) have won 8 of their last 10 games as it tries to dislodge the Los Angeles Clippers for fourth place in the Western Conference.
Walker finished with 18 points for the Hornets. Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Charlotte (23-28) has lost 8 of its last 10 games as it battles the Detroit Pistons for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.