Charlotte Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap, left, shouts at referee Sean Wright, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The Jazz won 112-102. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
With the Utah Jazz starting a three-game road trip, the overmatched Charlotte Hornets served as a welcome opponent. The 112-102 final score belied the way Utah simply dominated Charlotte, as the game was seemingly decided in the second quarter.
While the Bobcats showed some nice energy in the first quarter, the Jazz slowly but surely exerted themselves en route to the easy win. Al Jefferson led the Utah attack with 26 points, while veteran guard Ben Gordon paced Charlotte with 20.
Effective rotations: As has been the case the past few games, Utah head coach Tyrone Corbin implemented a three-guard line-up featuring Hayward, Foye, and Alec Burks. And as been the case during the past three games, they performed.
With no designated point guard, the three shared ball handling duties, while taking turns facilitating the offense. The rotation gives Corbin a dangerous mix of athleticism, defense, and outside shooting, all while freeing up the front court.
Shooting showcase: The Utah Jazz put on an offensive clinic, getting nearly whatever they wanted against the hapless Bobcats defense. Their interior game, while solid, paled in comparison to their perimeter performance.
The statistics help tell the story:
The Jazz had 112 points, despite going a scoreless final four minutes of the game (going 0 of 5 from the floor and 0 of 2 free throws, while committing three turnovers).
Led by Gordon Hayward's second consecutive 4 of 5 outside effort, Utah made a scintillating 10 of 22 three-point attempts (45.5 percent). Randy Foye went 3 of 6, while fill-in starter DeMarre Carroll was 2 of 2.
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Overall, the Jazz connected on 53.7 percent of their shots, going 44 of 82 from the floor.
Eight players scored nine or more points, with six of them reaching double figures.
The front court of Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, and Derrick Favors truly overpowered their Bobcat counterparts. The trio hit a combined 24 of 32 shots.
Utah registered a stellar 30 assists, with six individuals doling out three or more. Jamaal Tinsley handed out eight in just 20 minutes.
Charlotte's starters managed just 35 points, with two of them, Tyrus Thomas and Bismack Biyombo, going scoreless.