UTAH JAZZ

Collin Sexton, John Collins Lead Jazz To Strong Start Against Hornets

Jan 27, 2024, 5:31 PM | Updated: Jan 29, 2024, 5:29 pm

SALT LAKE CITYJazz players Collin Sexton and John Collins torched the net during the opening minutes of Utah’s game against the Charlotte Hornets.

Jazz post strong start in Charlotte

The Hornets hosted the Jazz at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, January 25.

A big run propelled by Sexton and Collins gave the Jazz an early lead against the home team. Another push stretched Utah’s advantage later in the quarter.

With a little under four minutes to play in the quarter, the Jazz had built their lead to double-digits at 33-19.

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During the opening six minutes, Sexton had a team-high 10 points on 4-5 field goals overall and 2-3 on three-pointers. The Alabama product also dished out three assists.

Collins added seven points on 3-4 shooting, including 1-2 from beyond the arc. He added two rebounds and posted a plus-seven rating during his time on the court.

This season, Sexton is averaging 17.4 points per contest on 48.9 percent shooting. He also averages 2.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 0.7 steals per game.

Collins averages 14.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, and 0.6 steals.

Utah’s game against Charlotte is broadcast on KJZZ, Jazz+NBA League PassKSL Sports Zone (97.5 FM), KSLSports.com, and the KSL Sports app.

Jazz vs. Hornets

Saturday’s contest was Utah’s first meeting against Charlotte this season.

The Jazz will host the Hornets in less than a month. Charlotte’s return trip to Utah will be played at the Delta Center on Thursday, February 22 at 7 p.m. (MT).

The Hornets welcomed the Jazz to North Carolina with a 10-33 record, including 5-15 at the Spectrum Center. Utah sits at 23-23 on the season. However, the Jazz are only 8-17 away from Salt Lake City.

Charlotte entered the day on a two-game losing streak after suffering losses to Detroit and Houston.

The Jazz arrived in North Carolina after beating the Washington Wizards to end a three-game skid. Before Utah’s losing streak, the Jazz had won six straight contests.

Kyle Ireland is a Sports Producer and Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com. Listen to Ireland on Yards After College: An NFL Podcast. Follow him on X (@kyleireland), Threads (@kyleirelandksl), and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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