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Hood scores 30, Jazz win 6th straight, 133-109 over Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Rodney Hood put to rest any concerns about his health when used a hesitation dribble to blow past Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic and bolted down the lane for a soaring one-handed dunk.

Hood scored 30 points in his second game back from a bruised left shin and the surging Utah Jazz extended their winning streak to six with a 133-109 victory over New Orleans on Monday night.

''Good shooting and winning cures a lot of things, so I just want to keep doing that,'' said Hood, who was supposed to remain on minute restrictions after playing only 16 minutes in his return Saturday from a six-game absence.

Instead, coach Quin Snyder left Hood on the court for more than 27 minutes, and he made 12 of 14 shots, which delighted a strong contingent of Hood's family and friends who'd made the drive from his native Meridian, Mississippi.

''I told (Snyder) I'd let him know if my leg started to hurt,'' Hood said. ''It gave me a little bit of problems, but for the most part I was fine.''

''The ball just found me,'' Hood added. ''I started feeling it.''

Ricky Rubio had 20 points and 11 assists, and Rudy Gobert added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who made 14 of 21 3-point attempts and shot 58.4 percent (52 of 89) overall in their highest-scoring game this season.

''We're just playing good basketball. There's no secret to it,'' Snyder said. ''We haven't sit here and beat our chests like we've done anything. We haven't. We've just won a couple games.''

Jrue Holiday scored 28 points, and Anthony Davis had 15 points and 11 rebounds for New Orleans, which has lost four of five since losing All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending left Achilles tear on Jan. 26.

Afterward, Davis declined to criticize his team's defensive effort and sounded resigned to the fact that the Jazz are on a roll and shooting well.

''We were in our coverages, what the coaches told us to be in and they shot the hell out of the ball,'' Davis said. ''There was nothing you could really do about it. All those guys were making 3s. ... If they beat you doing that, then so be it.''

The Jazz led by double digits most of the way and led by as many as 20 when Rubio's driving layup made it 116-96 in the middle of the fourth quarter.

''Rubio is playing at a real, real high level right now,'' Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ''Because of that, they're a really difficult team to guard.''

Utah had six players score more than 10, including Derrick Favors with 19, Joe Ingles 18 and Royce O'Neale with 13.

TIP-INS

Jazz: G Donovan Mitchell, who was listed as questionable with an illness, started just hours after being named a replacement for Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in this month's All-Star dunk contest. ''He's deserving and I'm sure he'll enjoy it,'' Snyder said. Mitchell scored his only points of the game on a one-handed alley-oop dunk in the third quarter. He played 19 minutes.

Pelicans: Rajon Rondo scored 18 points, all in the first half. Ian Clark and E'Twaun Moore each scored 14. ... C Emeka Okafor, signed Saturday to a 10-day contract, made his Pelicans debut and played in the NBA for the first time since 2013 when he checked in late in the first quarter. He had three points and two rebounds in nine minutes. ... Mirotic was making his home debut and first start in his second game with New Orleans since being traded by Chicago. He played 33 minutes but scored just five points.

SETTING THE TONE

Utah took its first double-digit lead less than four minutes into the game and was only briefly threatened after that. The Jazz led by 16 when O'Neale and Rubio hit back-to-back 3s to make it 52-36 early in the second quarter.

The Jazz hit 10 of 11 3-point shots in the half, when they shot 61.4 percent overall (27 of 44).

New Orleans gave up 70 first-half points, but got back into the game by halftime with a 41-point second quarter. Rondo hit seven of his first 10 shots, including four of five 3s.

His fourth 3 made it 67-64, but Hood responded with a double-pump 3 as the half ended.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Visit Memphis on Wednesday night.

Pelicans: Host Indiana on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 dunk, assist by Mike James 0:03
+ 2 Royce O'Neale made dunk, assist by Jonas Jerebko 0:18
  Offensive rebound by Ekpe Udoh 0:30
  Jonas Jerebko missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:34
  Team rebound 0:45
  Erik McCree missed driving layup, blocked by DeAndre Liggins 0:45
  Defensive rebound by Raul Neto 0:46
  Cheick Diallo missed layup, blocked by Ekpe Udoh 0:49
+ 2 Royce O'Neale made floating jump shot 0:56
+ 2 Ian Clark made jump shot 1:09
+ 1 Raul Neto made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:18
Team Stats
Points 133 109
Field Goals 52-89 (58.4%) 47-93 (50.5%)
3-Pointers 14-21 (66.7%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Free Throws 15-17 (88.2%) 7-13 (53.8%)
Total Rebounds 50 41
Offensive 9 6
Defensive 36 24
Team 5 11
Assists 29 24
Steals 6 10
Blocks 5 6
Turnovers 13 14
Fouls 18 15
Technicals 1 0
20 PTS, 3 REB, 11 AST
28 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Jazz 25-28 34362934133
home team logo Pelicans 28-25 23412223109
Team Stats
away team logo Jazz 25-28 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
home team logo Pelicans 28-25 110.0 PPG 45.6 RPG 26.9 APG
Key Players
R. Hood SG PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Holiday PG 19.0 PPG 4.5 RPG 6.0 APG 49.4 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Hood SG 30 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
J. Holiday PG 28 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
58.4 FG% 50.5
66.7 3PT FG% 36.4
88.2 FT% 53.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Rubio 32 20 3 11 0 0 2 4 8/19 1/3 3/4 0 3 43 +15
D. Favors 27 19 7 1 0 0 3 2 7/11 2/2 3/4 3 4 25 +33
R. Gobert 32 19 10 1 1 1 1 4 7/8 0/0 5/5 2 8 32 +15
J. Ingles 29 18 5 3 2 1 1 3 7/12 4/5 0/0 0 5 31 +21
D. Mitchell 19 2 0 3 1 0 3 0 1/6 0/2 0/0 0 0 6 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Rubio 32 20 3 11 0 0 2 4 8/19 1/3 3/4 0 3 43 +15
D. Favors 27 19 7 1 0 0 3 2 7/11 2/2 3/4 3 4 25 +33
R. Gobert 32 19 10 1 1 1 1 4 7/8 0/0 5/5 2 8 32 +15
J. Ingles 29 18 5 3 2 1 1 3 7/12 4/5 0/0 0 5 31 +21
D. Mitchell 19 2 0 3 1 0 3 0 1/6 0/2 0/0 0 0 6 +10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Hood 27 30 3 3 1 0 1 0 12/14 4/4 2/2 0 3 39 +4
R. O'Neale 20 13 6 3 0 0 1 2 6/7 1/1 0/0 1 5 24 +9
R. Neto 12 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 2/3 2/2 2/2 0 1 11 +13
E. Udoh 9 2 6 1 0 3 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 4 13 +1
J. Johnson 16 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 2 4 +6
J. Jerebko 9 0 1 2 1 0 0 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 6 -7
E. McCree 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Burks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Niang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 133 45 29 6 5 13 18 52/89 14/21 15/17 9 36 234 +120
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 33 28 5 3 2 0 2 2 13/21 2/5 0/1 0 5 39 -21
R. Rondo 30 18 3 8 1 0 3 3 7/13 4/6 0/2 0 3 35 -19
A. Davis 34 15 11 3 1 3 5 2 6/16 0/2 3/4 2 9 31 -11
E. Moore 30 14 1 1 1 1 1 1 5/9 2/3 2/2 0 1 18 -17
N. Mirotic 32 5 3 2 1 0 2 2 2/8 0/4 1/2 0 3 11 -11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 33 28 5 3 2 0 2 2 13/21 2/5 0/1 0 5 39 -21
R. Rondo 30 18 3 8 1 0 3 3 7/13 4/6 0/2 0 3 35 -19
A. Davis 34 15 11 3 1 3 5 2 6/16 0/2 3/4 2 9 31 -11
E. Moore 30 14 1 1 1 1 1 1 5/9 2/3 2/2 0 1 18 -17
N. Mirotic 32 5 3 2 1 0 2 2 2/8 0/4 1/2 0 3 11 -11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Clark 19 14 2 2 0 0 1 2 7/11 0/2 0/0 0 2 19 -6
C. Diallo 14 6 1 0 1 1 0 1 3/6 0/0 0/0 0 1 9 -15
D. Liggins 13 4 1 0 2 1 0 2 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 0 8 -8
D. Miller 19 2 1 4 1 0 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 0 12 +4
M. James 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -4
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cunningham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 226 109 30 24 10 6 14 15 47/93 8/22 7/13 6 24 184 -108