Long ball carries Hornets past Jazz

Miles Bridges totaled 26 points and 14 rebounds and Grant Williams scored 24 off the bench to help the streaking Charlotte Hornets beat the Utah Jazz 115-107 on Thursday night in Salt Lake City.

The Hornets hit 20 3-pointers and used a 14-0 fourth-quarter run en route to their fourth consecutive win. It was Charlotte’s sixth road win all season.

The Jazz squandered a seven-point lead in the fourth while going scoreless for 5-1/2 minutes, leading to their fifth consecutive loss.

Lauri Markkanen led Utah with 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists, but the Jazz struggled while hitting only 9 of 39 from 3-point range in the loss.

John Collins grabbed 18 rebounds and scored nine points for Utah, while Collin Sexton added 17 points.

The Jazz went on an 8-0 run in the third quarter and snagged a 77-74 lead on a Taylor Hendricks tip shot with 4:47 left in the period.

Kris Dunn gave Utah its biggest lead of the second half, 86-79, late in the third quarter.

Tre Mann then sparked the 14-0 Hornets run early in the fourth quarter with a floating jumper. That spurt included back-to-back 3s by Davis Bertans and Bridges.

Utah missed nine straight shots and committed three turnovers in the skid, which Keyonte George finally ended with 5:03 remaining.

Charlotte didn’t relent. Williams hit two 3s to help the Hornets take a pair of nine-point leads with under four minutes left.

Utah pulled within five, but Bridges made another 3 for an eight-point lead with 2:11 to go.

Charlotte used a 24-8 surge — fueled by 3s from Mann, Seth Curry and Bridges — to erase the Jazz’s early six-point lead and take its own 10-point advantage late in the first quarter.

Dunn hit a last-second floater to make it 34-26 heading into the second quarter. Charlotte went into halftime up 56-52.

The big difference of the first half was 3-point shooting. The Hornets made 10 of their first 13 attempts beyond the arc compared to 3-for-21 by Utah.

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