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NBA: Utah 98, Charlotte 68

March 1, 2013 at 11:58 PM

SALT LAKE CITY, March 1 (UPI) -- Enes Kanter picked up the slack for his missing teammates Friday and guided Utah to a 98-68 whipping of Charlotte.

The Bobcats put up little resistance while losing their fifth in a row. Their 13 victories this year are the fewest in the NBA.

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Utah's Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap both sat out the game with ankle sprains, but Kanter made up for their absence by scoring 23 points and grabbing 22 rebounds. He went 10-of-12 from the field while playing 44 minutes.

Gordon Hayward added 14 points for Utah, which ended a three-game losing streak.

Byron Mullins, with 12 points, was the leading Charlotte scorer. The Bobcats managed just nine points in the first period and only 24 in the opening half.

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