10 March 2007
In Oklahoma City earlier this week, the Jazz easily dispatched the Hornets; tonight in Salt Lake City it wasn't quite so easy, but the results were much the same, (no) thanks to the Third-Quarter Drought, in which the Bees picked up a mere 16 points in 12 minutes, going from a two-point lead after two to a ten-point deficit after three. Final was 96-86, and the Hornets are now 0-5 in March.
Blame Mehmet Okur. The electric Turk hit five treys in seven tries, racking up 29 points. Carlos Boozer added 20 (and 13 boards), and Deron Williams dropped in 10 (with 13 assists). The Jazz outrebounded the Hornets 44-32; Boozer alone had seven offensive rebounds, more than the entire Hornet squad, which explains why the Bees got so few second-chance points.
Two double-doubles on the Hornet side: David West (13 points, 10 rebounds), Chris Paul (12 points, 11 assists). Jannero Pargo had 15 off the bench. Tyson Chandler had only six boards tonight, but he blocked six shots.
The Bees now have to finish 10-9 to come up to last year's 38-44 record. March is going to be a long, long month.