The Hornets welcomed the Mavericks on Wednesday for their first home game in two weeks and their first game since last Friday — needless to say the Hornets were both well rested and ready to be back home. The Mavericks were on the second night of a back-to-back, and despite having flown from Texas to North Carolina, were the team with more energy in the game. Kemba Walker had 41 points, and without that supernal performance, the Hornets would have been embarrassed by a struggling Mavericks squad. They didn’t get their first points in transition until the third quarter, and let the Mavericks get off 36 3-point attempts.
The Hornets picked up a home win, beating the Utah Jazz 99-88 thanks to another nice game from Walker, who is making a strong case to earn a trip to the All-Star game this year. Steve Clifford should return to the team this upcoming week, and the return of their head coach should help stabilize things and allow them to correct their recent struggles.