NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Utah
(Monday, February 23rd)
Final Score: Utah 108, Atlanta 89
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Ronnie Brewer led a balanced attack with 19 points as Utah rolled past Atlanta, 108-89, at EnergySolutions Arena.
Paul Millsap added 16 points with a game-best 12 rebounds for the Jazz, winners of five straight games, all as the host. Kyle Korver posted 16 points, Deron Williams had 15 with 10 assists and Matt Harpring contributed 15 points off the bench.
Jazz forward Carlos Boozer returned after missing three months after surgery on his left knee and scored two points with five rebounds in just over 21 minutes.
"It was a great win," Boozer said. "I'm looking forward to getting that rust off me and getting back out there, but my knee was great which was my biggest concern with how my knee would respond to five-on-five. It did really well and just takes time being out a few months with coming back and getting the rust off. It's great to be back and get that first one under my belt."
Joe Johnson scored 15 points for the Hawks, who have dropped three of four. Al Horford posted 14 points, six boards and five assists, while Josh Smith had 11 points before being ejected in the fourth quarter.
Smith was given the heave with 8:40 left in the contest for a hard foul against Harpring as he drove to the basket with Utah leading, 99-76. Harpring continued past the basket uncontrolled after Smith leaned into him, and landed against the basket support with the back of his head. Smith was assessed a flagrant foul, type 2, and replaced by Horford.
Harpring hit 1-of-2 from the line and Utah was up 24, and the Jazz cruised the rest of the way.
The Jazz used a 15-3 run in the first quarter to emerge with a 27-21 lead, then went up by as much as 19 in the second quarter before taking a 66-52 advantage to halftime.
A driving layup from Williams provided a 76-54 lead for the home team early in the third, and thanks to eight points from Brewer and six by Millsap, Utah took a 93-69 margin to the fourth.
Harpring poured in four straight Utah points, then Brevin Knight hit a jumper and Zaza Pachulia nailed a putback for a 23-point game, before the Smith- Harpring meeting provided some late fireworks with the outcome decided.
"I don't think Josh had any harm in it," Horford said of the play. "I think that the way that [Harpring] landed is what really caused (it). He landed fine and then hit his head. I don't think Josh is a dirty player, it was just unfortunate that it happened."
Utah has won 18 of the last 21 meetings...Both teams shot 50 percent for the game, but the Jazz owned a 43-31 edge on the glass and forced 20 Hawks turnovers in the victory.
02/24 00:42:40 ET