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C.J. Miles turned things around in the fourth quarter Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
Not coincidentally, so did the Jazz.
After playing barely three minutes in the first half, Miles played the entire fourth quarter, when Utah rallied for a 94-90 victory over New Orleans.
Miles scored five of his 11 points in the final 12 minutes. He also contributed two rebounds and a steal.
In the fourth quarter, Josh Howard added eight points and Miles' three-pointer highlighted a 7-2 burst that gave the Jazz an 83-82 lead with 4:37 remaining.
"Effort [and] we were active," Miles said. "We stayed with ours sets and guys cut hard. We got some easy baskets."
Defensively, Utah limited New Orleans to 16 points on only 8-for-21 shooting in the final quarter.
"We put our body on guys and we helped each other," Miles said.
Hornet backups Jason Smith, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu combined for 41 points, but they managed only 10 in the fourth quarter.
Said Miles: "We got to those big guys. They were making jump shots in the first half. They made a lot of pick-and-pop shots. But we rotated better and made them think about it a little bit."
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin praised Miles for coming back and playing well in the second half.
"I thought he did a great job of just being ready to play," Corbin said. "He came out and didn't get in his regular rotation spot [but] he didn't sit over there and pout. ... He was ready to go when he got on the floor and, as a result, he played aggressively and did a good job for us. I can't be more proud of the guy."
Miles played only 3:13 in the first half, when rookie Alec Burks enjoyed his most significant playing time of the season and responded with five points and three rebounds.
Howard also played well, limiting Miles' opportunity.
"Other guys were playing well," Corbin said. "It was just a matter of everybody being ready to go. Those other guys were ready and extended their minutes because they played well."
If Miles was frustrated, he didn't show it.
Asked what he was thinking at halftime, he said, "Stay in the game. When they call you name, you go do what you do. You go play basketball and you make plays."
C.J. Miles statistics against New Orleans
Minutes FGs FTs Rebounds Assists Points
First half 3:13 1-1 0-0 0 0 2
Second half 7:57 4-11 0-0 4 1 9