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SALT LAKE CITY -- Paul Millsap saw his first three shots blocked, and first four miss their mark. The Utah Jazz forward then found his stride. Millsap finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks to lead the Jazz to a 104-99 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. Hours after finally joining the Twitter world earlier in the day, he could be seen tweeting away following the game. "Shout out to all my new followers on my first day!" he said. He had 814 followers but no doubt will see that number surge. Overall, it was a much happier scene in the Jazz locker room than after Mondays game, when they suffered their most lopsided loss in franchise history -- 125-80 to the Houston Rockets. "Its tough to let a game like that go," Millsap said. "You have to move on and put one foot ahead of the other and keep pushing. We let it go and came out tonight (and) it seemed like it was getting ready to go that way again. But we got it going and won the game." The Jazz trailed by 12 points in the first quarter before rallying to take the lead with a 32-point second period. They led by 10 points with about 7 minutes remaining in the fourth. Then, Anthony Davis, plagued by foul trouble, nearly brought the Hornets all the way back with an eight-point quarter. He pulled them to 95-94 with 2:18 remaining but Millsap and Al Jefferson hit back-to-back shots from 14 and 20 feet, respectively, that provided the cushion Utah would need. Ryan Andersons 3-pointer with 15 seconds left pulled the Hornets within 100-97, but Randy Foye and Millsap each hit two free throws down the stretch to seal it. "I dont think we felt like we could really win tonight," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "I thought we were hoping, instead of really going after it. "Even when it was just a three-point lead in their favour, they were in command of the game. I never felt like we had a chance to take the momentum because they were just playing inside the whole night. When you have a couple of post-up options like they do, with some shooting, it makes it easier to play." Greivis Vasquez led the Hornets with 17 points and 13 assists, but made just 8 of 21 shots after starting 3 of 4. After shooting 68.8 per cent (11 of 16) in the first quarter, the Hornets finished 37 of 78 (47.4 per cent). Williams was more displeased with the free-throw shooting as the Hornets made just 17 of 28. The Jazz didnt do much better but got to the line more, hitting 32 of 46. "They had 48 points in the paint. We did a decent job we had 40, "Williams said. "We couldnt knock down a free throw." He also acknowledged his guard play was below average. "A lot of times you guys look at the numbers and assists and you think theyre playing well but theyre not," Williams said. "Were not managing the game properly. What you see out there is a young team, but its not our young guys making the mistakes. Its the guys who have been in the league for three or four years." It didnt help that the Hornets sat leading scorer Eric Gordon as they have as part of a medical protocol when playing the second game of a back-to-back. The Jazz climbed back into the game in the second quarter behind one of their young players, Derrick Favours, and one of their oldest veterans, Earl Watson. Watson pushed the pace and Favours was a beast inside, hitting 4 of 4 shots in the quarter and corralling three rebounds. Utah also dominated the paint in the second, holding an 18-8 edge on points. DeMarre Carrolls fast-break layup tied it at 39 with 5:59 left in the half and Utah took a 51-47 lead into the break, with Millsap finally scoring a field goal after starting 0 for 4. "We fought last night in the second quarter," guard Roger Mason, who started in place of Gordon, said of a comeback attempt against the Lakers. "Tonight we gave up 32 points. We cant afford to do things like that." Jefferson had his hands full with Robin Lopez, who finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. "Lopez is a big dude," Jefferson said. "Im glad his brother is not in the Western Conference because I couldnt deal with both of them. ... Hes just a physical big guy. It will always be a battle with me and him because he (will) do the little things. Hes going to beat you on the boards. Hes going to defend well." Millsap, who turned up his aggression in the third quarter, scored 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting as the Jazz took a 78-75 lead into the fourth. He scored on a drive where he hung in the air and was fouled by Davis, then got Davis to pick up foul No. 4 with 8:45 left in the third. Millsap would get Anderson to pick up his fourth four minutes later. When the fourth started, Utah quickly bumped its lead to eight, with Alec Burks hitting a 3-pointer on a nice feed from Millsap. The Jazz increased the lead to 90-80 on a pair of free throws by Burks with 7:16 remaining. Davis then made it a game. But the Jazz held on, avoiding another embarrassment. NOTES: Williams said the team continues to follow the medical protocol it set for Gordon, holding him out in the second game of back-to-backs. Gordon has come back from a knee injury that caused him to miss the first third of this season, and all but nine games last year. ... Both teams have five players score in double figures, with Lopez adding 15 and Davis 14 for the Hornets. . Favors added 15 points, Foye 14 and Marvin Williams 11 for Utah. . The Jazz are still without starting point guard Mo Williams (thumb surgery) and third-leading scorer Gordon Hayward (sprained shoulder.). . The Hornets shot 68.8 per cent in the first quarter but made just 5 of 18 shots (27.8 per cent) in the second. Vasquez was particularly cold, hitting just 1 of 7 shots in the second and turning it over twice. His complaining earned him a technical with 3:24 left in the half. nfl jerseys china . Chelsea remained comfortable for the rest of the match, although Wigan midfielder Jordi Gomez missed several chances in the second half. Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo was delighted with the Hazards impact. "Hazard was outstanding, produced a lot of quality and was always a threat," Di Matteo said.Jerseys From China .  Italy had more of the possession, the better of the chances, and thoroughly deserved to advance to the semifinals at UEFA Euro 2012 with a penalty shootout win over England on Sunday. http://www.bizcheapjerseys.com/ . According to CBSSports.com, outfielder Juan Pierre has agreed to a deal to return to the Marlins. Juan C. Rodriguez of The Sun Sentinel is reporting that the deal is for one-year that will pay Pierre $1. Wholesale Jerseys . The 10th-seeded Bansley and Maloney made a late rally in the second set against 13th-ranked Roos Van der Hoeven and Jantine van ser Vlist of the Netherlands to win 21-17, 24-22 and clinch at least a career-best top-eight finish. Wholesale nfl Jerseys . Oates, a former Capital who was also chosen for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday, was an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils two years ago and helped guide the team to a Stanley Cup Final berth earlier this month.VANCOUVER -- Canadian womens soccer coach John Herdman does not hold back when describing the importance of Saturdays pre-Olympic test against the United States. "Its one of them where itll be a real yardstick," said Herdman. "Itll tell us how close we are to achieving our goal at the Olympics -- and also how far away. Thats our reality." Canada has a 3-42-5 all-time record against the U.S., including a 1-0 extra-time loss in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Canadians have not beaten the Americans since 2001. The friendly in Sandy, Utah, is only the second international contest on Canadas schedule since it qualified for the Games in Vancouver in January. The only other game came in the form of a win last month over China in Moncton, N.B. "(The Americans) are in great form," said Herdman. "Theyre smashing teams left, right and centre. And for these (Canadian) girls, theyve had a lack of international games, so theyre desperate for this game." Competition was limited due to the suspension of the Womens Professional Soccer season, only a day after the CONCACAF Olympic qualifier in Vancouver in January ended. The league, which featured some of the worlds best players, subsequently folded. Herdman revised his plans and introduced a residency program for most of his players in Vancouver after initially planning to hold one only for players who did not land with professional teams at home or overseas. In the qualifying tournament final, the Americans, ranked No. 1 in the world, thumped seventh-ranked Canada 4-0, schooling Herdmans crew on the level necessary to excel on a global stage. Fortunately, the Canadians had already qualified for the Games on the basis of a semifinal win over Cuba, but the loss to the U.S., which came after Canada went 3-0 in round-robin play, forced Herdman and all of his players to re-think their Olympic preparations. "If youre going to win anything at the Olympics, at some point youre going to have to beat the U.S.," said Herdman. The Canadians have changed their formation drastically in a bid to achieve more collective movement. Herdman wants his team to develop its own distinct style while developing the ability to break down top-calibre squads. "This (game) is about getting results," said Herdman. "Its about allowing this team to achieve the big dream." Canadas best international result was a fourth-place finish at the 2003 Womens World Cup. The Canadians havee an 8-3 record this year, with the other losses coming against sixth-ranked France and fourth-ranked Sweden.dddddddddddd Herdman, an Englishman who took over the clubs reins from Italian Carolina Morace in September following a disappointing early exit from the 2011 World Cup, was blunt in his assessment of the Canadian womens squads progress. "I dont think this team has ever progressed to a level that the country can be proud of," he said, adding he has asked players to change their ways. Accordingly, he calls the game against the Americans a "huge test." It could be a painful examination for top goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc. The Maple Ridge, B.C., native is expected to make her first start since spraining her ankle in training in May. She has only been back in action for a week. If her health allows, she will play the full game, which she hopes will produce a much better result than Canadas last meeting with the U.S. did. "The qualifier sucked, but were beyond that," LeBlanc said. "Our vision and our goal is about the Olympics, and this is one of the stepping stones to getting there." In other words, revenge will not be a key motivator for Canada in the Salt Lake City suburb, where a reported 16,000 tickets have already been sold. "We cant look back," said LeBlanc. Midifielder Sophie Schmidt of Abbotsford, B.C., has not seen the whole time since the qualifier, because she was away playing in Sweden for a while. But she feels the club has improved greatly since the loss to the U.S. She wants the club to focus on how it is playing Saturday, but also overcome some past anxiety that it has experienced in games against the Americans. "We need to compete to win," said Schmidt. "Were a little afraid to compete against the U.S., because theyre the best team in the world. But we have to go into every game expecting ourselves to win and want to win, because thats the team that we can be." Canada must "hurt" the U.S. on the pitch, at least for a little while, to reinforce lessons learned during the residency camp. Such an effort will make a "world of difference confidence-wise." "We can beat any team on any given day, and we need to believe that and play like that," said Schmidt. After Saturdays game, the Canadians will get five days off before departing for a pre-Olympic tournament in Switzerland and then moving on to London for the Olympics. ' ' '

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