Printed on: January 10, 2013

Jazz ride Big Al's 29 past Bobcats

By Steve Reed
AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Al Jefferson had 26 points and eight rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Charlotte Bobcats 112-102 Wednesday night for their fourth win in five games.

Jefferson was 11 of 15 from the field and the Bobcats simply had no answer for the 6-foot-10 center in the paint.

Paul Millsap chipped in with 19 points and Gordon Hayward was 4 of 5 from 3-point range for 14 points as the Jazz made light work of the Bobcats' zone defense, shooting 54 percent from the field.

Utah led from the opening tip, building a 19-point halftime lead. The Jazz (19-18) never allowed the Bobcats to get any closer than 10 in the second half and moved back above .500.

Ben Gordon led six Bobcats in double figures, scoring 20 points.

The Bobcats came in feeling confident, having won two of three since their 18-game losing streak. But once again they struggled coming out of the blocks.

The Jazz outscored the Bobcats 29-11 in the final six minutes of the first half to take a 19-point lead into the locker room.

Charlotte's bench outscored its starters 67-35.