Davis puts finishing touches on Wesley's big game

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Baron Davis' bad back felt pretty good at
the end of the game Thursday night against the Utah Jazz.

Davis hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play in the
final minute as the New Orleans Hornets opened a seven-game road
trip with a 93-88 victory.

''He played through it, but it's killing him. I admire him for
that,'' Hornets coach Paul Silas said. ''But a 70 to 80 percent
Baron is better than we are without him.''

Davis, who was just 3-for-13 from the floor, got a lot of help
from teammate David Wesley, who was 8-for-10 from 3-point range and
finished with 33 points.

After missing his first 3-point attempt in the opening quarter,
Wesley made eight in a row and helped the Hornets rally from a
14-point first-half deficit.

''They kept going in, so I kept shooting them,'' Wesley said.
''It felt good because I was tired and had a splitting headache.
But when shots are falling you feel good.''

The Jazz had a chance to tie it at 88 with about 10 seconds to
go. But Karl Malone's jump shot bounced off the rim and the rebound
kicked out to Davis, who drove for a layup and was fouled with 6.1
seconds left.

Davis, whose 3-pointer put the Hornets up 88-84 with 58 seconds
to go, made the free throw and the Hornets held on for the victory.

''I hadn't hit a shot all night, so (John) Stockton felt he
could leave me open. But I'm not afraid to take the big shots,''
Davis said of the clutch 3-pointer, which was just his second field
goal of the night.

Jamal Mashburn finished with 19 points for the Hornets. He was
2-for-2 on 3-pointers as the Hornets went 11-for-20 from beyond the

''It was amazing,'' said Matt Harpring, who had 21 points and 10
rebounds for the Jazz. ''Every time they shot a 3-pointer it seemed
like it went in.''

Utah lost for the second time in as many games against New
Orleans, the original home of the Jazz.

Malone scored 18 and had 13 rebounds as Utah lost for just the
second time at home this season. Calbert Cheaney scored 16 and
Andrei Kirilenko finished with 14 points for the Jazz.

Jamaal Magloire and Elden Campbell each scored 13 for the
Hornets, who recovered from an awful shooting start to the game.

''They made shots and we didn't,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.
''They came down and got what they wanted. That 3-point shot went
down for them a couple of times.''

After falling behind by as much as eight, the Jazz regained the
lead, which would go back and forth until the final minutes.

Wesley tied it at 82 with a 3-pointer with three minutes left. Then,
after Harpring put the Jazz back up with two free throws, Campbell
hit two from the line to tie it again.

Magloire went 1-for-2 from the line with 1:42 left to put the
Hornets up to stay at 85-84.

''This was a winnable game, so it's disappointing,'' Harpring

The Hornets trailed by as many as 14 points in the second
quarter, but ended the first half on a 14-4 run to cut the lead to
38-35. The Jazz were just 6-for-18 in the second quarter after
going 11-for-18 in the first.

Game notes
Mashburn's 19 points got him to 34 of 10,000 for his
career. ... The Hornets made just one of their first 10 shots and
went scoreless for 4:42 in the first quarter. Magloire finally
ended the drought when he dunked off a rebound with 6:32 left and
cut Utah's lead to 10-4. ... The Jazz used a 10-0 run near the end
of the first quarter and led 24-12 entering the second. Malone
started it with a layup, Kirilenko hit a 3-pointer as the shot
clock expired, then made a nice feed to Harpring on the baseline
after making a steal and Jackson capped it with a 3-pointer. ...
The Jazz had not lost in the Delta Center since the Detroit Pistons
beat them 80-78 Nov. 6.