Jazz 96, Hornets 90
Game 50: Monday night at Delta Center1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Hornets 19 20 20 31 -90
Jazz 24 19 22 31 -96
1st quarter: William Cunningham, who signed a 10-day contract Saturday, starts at center as Utah dresses only 10 players. He leaves the game less than two minutes later after cutting the palm of his right hand on the rim. The Jazz lead by as many as 10. Adam Keefe helps Utah overcome 37.5 percent shooting by grabbing six rebounds.
2nd quarter: Neither team scores for more than 21/2 minutes. At midway point, each team has scored six points. Antoine Carr comes off the bench to score six points for Utah, while John Stockton dishes out five assists and Keefe adds four more rebounds.
3rd quarter: Jeff Hornacek misses only one of five field-goal attempts. Jazz open with 8-2 run before Hornets close the gap to 53-52.
4th quarter: Glen Rice is steaming over the final 3:04. Among his 15 points are a trio of 3-pointers. The Jazz lead by as many as 11 and as little as three down the stretch. Hornacek and Stockton score seven points apiece.
Who's hot: Keefe. Utah's starting small forward was a rebounding magnet in the first half. He grabbed 10 boards, including eight offensive, to help the Jazz overcome 35.6 percent shooting.
Key to the game: Rebounding. The Jazz outrebounded the Hornets 46-34. Keefe led Utah with 12. Malone added 11.
Records: Jazz 35-15; Hornets 30-21.
Quotable: "Obviously, we know Rony Seikaly is a player, and he does a lot of great things. I think it was very difficult for the whole team. Nobody had been in that situation before where they'd seen guys dressed and ready to play all of a sudden get pulled aside and told to take their uniforms off. So I think that the whole team was in a bit of a state of shock." - Keefe
Notable: Utah's trade of Greg Foster, Chris Morris and a draft pick to Orlando for Seikaly was announced to the Delta Center crowd at halftime. Fan reaction was somewhat reserved - no excessive cheering or jeering . . . The Jazz have now beaten the Hornets three straight times dating back to last season . . . The attendance was 19,911
Next up: Jazz vs. New York, Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the Delta Center.