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CHARLOTTE — The Utah Jazz road winning streak is over, after a 104-86 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
Utah trailed early and often, and Charlotte outmuscled the weary Jazz in the paint. The Jazz have a day off before playing Memphis Monday, then flying back to Salt Lake City.
There were three observations from the game that explained the loss.
In victories in Miami and Orlando, the Jazz had first quarter leads. However, the Hornets went on a 14-7 run to gain an edge over Utah. The Jazz wouldn’t lead again for the rest of the game.
In victories over Miami and Orlando, the Jazz outmuscled their opponents in the paint. However, against the Hornets, Al Jefferson and company outscored Utah in the paint, and outrebounded the Jazz, 49-39.
Joe Ingles scored his personal high in Charlotte as he contributed 13 points. Ingles shot 62.5 percent and shot 50 percent from 3-point range.