January 30, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz guard Talen Horton-Tucker rocked the rim with a slam dunk in the second half of Utah’s game against the Charlotte Hornets.

The Jazz hosted the Hornets at Vivint Arena on Monday, January 23rd.

At 2:00 in the third quarter, Jordan Clarkson shot a pass across the baseline to Horton-Tucker. The former Iowa State standout drove for the basket before rising and pinching the ball with his right hand.

Horton-Tucker’s dunk gave the Jazz an 87-74 lead.

At the end of the quarter, Utah held an 89-79 advantage on the scoreboard.

Horton-Tucker had four points on 2-3 field goals in 10 minutes on the court. He added a rebound, three assists and a steal while posting a plus 12 rating.

This season, Horton-Tucker is averaging 6.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.3 blocks and 0.7 steals in 15.3 minutes per contest.

Utah’s game against Charlotte will be broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass and KSL Sports Zone.

Hornets vs Jazz

As they begin their game against the Hornets, the Jazz are one game under .500 and in the ninth seed in the Western Conference playoff race.

With a loss, Jazz would fall to 11th in the West, behind the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder, both of whom are idle Monday night.

The Jazz would also sit just a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the 11th seed with a loss and could see the Portland Trail Blazers draw the same distance with a win over the San Antonio Spurs.

A Jazz win would push them back to .500, giving them a one-game lead over Golden State and Oklahoma City and putting them level with the Phoenix Suns. It would also move the team a half-game behind the idle Los Angeles Clippers for the sixth seed in the west.

The Jazz are once again without Kelly Olynyk, who sprained her ankle against the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 8.

Hornets have won twice in a row

The Hornets travel to Utah on their second two-game winning streak of the season after defeating the Houston Rockets and the Atlanta Hawks to begin their four-game road trip.

Charlotte most recently won back-to-back games on November 23 and 25 against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Hayward returned to the lineup against Atlanta after missing eight games with a hamstring injury. The former Jazzman scored nine points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists for the win.

LaMelo Ball is listed as questionable against the Jazz with wrist and ankle pain. The All-Star Guard missed the Hornets’ last game.

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