Salt Lake City, UT – Enes Kanter posted career-highs of 23 points and 22 rebounds to lead the shorthanded Utah Jazz to a 98-68 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.
Kanter went 10-for-12 from the field filling in for Al Jefferson, who sat out with a sprained left ankle.
DeMarre Carroll also set a career-high with 19 points, Gordon Hayward added 14 points and Derrick Favors finished with eight points and seven rebounds for the Jazz, who were also without forward Paul Millsap due to a left ankle sprain.
"The young guys did a great job," said Jazz coach Ty Corbin. "Starting with Earl, Randy, and Marvin the veteran guys, I thought the young guys did a good job of following their lead getting off to a good start."
Jeremy Evans, the 2013 NBA Dunk Contest runner-up, also set career-highs with 14 points and nine boards in the triumph.
Byron Mullens scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds and Ramon Sessions added 11 points off the bench for the Bobcats, who have dropped five straight and 13 of their last 15 games overall.
"We need a win," said Mullens. "They killed us in every stat line. Obviously Kanter had a good game; stepped up in the starting position with (Al) Jefferson and (Paul) Millsap out. They just had it from the start."
Utah led 21-9 after the first 12 minutes of the game thanks to a horrendous shooting effort from Charlotte, which went 4-for-20 from the field in the frame.
Things didn't get much better for The Bobcats in the second, as they were outscored 26-15 by Utah and went into the break trailing 47-24.
The Bobcats finished the half 11-for-44 from the field and went just 2-for-6 from the free throw line.
Charlotte turned its shooting around in the third, but couldn't find an answer for Kanter who dropped in nine points and pulled down seven boards in the frame. The 20-year-old big man went 4-for-5 from the field in the period.
The Jazz lead swelled to 33 points late in the fourth as they put the brakes on a three-game skid.
Jazz guard Randy Foye set a franchise record for 3-pointers made in a season with 130 ... Utah outscored the Bobcats 46-32 in the paint ... Charlotte scored 19 points off 23 Jazz turnovers ... Utah has won eight straight meetings.