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SALT LAKE CITY – Gordon Hayward scored 23 points after a 1-of-8 start and the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Hornets 95-83 on Friday night.
The Jazz (40-37) entered a half-game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Lakers faced Memphis in a late game.
Utah led by just four entering the fourth but opened the quarter on an 8-0 run, capped by Hayward's 7-foot jumper. He scored 10 straight as Utah surged ahead 87-73 with 4:47 remaining.
The Hornets got no closer than 10 and scored just 16 in the fourth.
Anthony Davis scored 24 and Greivis Vasquez added 21 for the Hornets (26-50), who lost the season series to Utah 3-1.