NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Utah
(Monday, February 22nd)
Final Score: Atlanta 105, Utah 100
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson poured in 28 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out six assists, as the Atlanta Hawks took a 105-100 decision over the Utah Jazz to record their first victory in Salt Lake City in 17 years.
The Hawks snapped a 15-game skid in Utah, winning at the Jazz for the first time since February 13, 1993. However, Atlanta has won its last three games against Utah.
"It felt great. It's been a long time since the Hawks have won in this building and get outside of a losing streak," Johnson said. "It's always great to get a win, but you know I thought we were very composed tonight, and in the fourth quarter when we did get down we were able to not get rattled, and make a run of our own and kind of close the game out."
Josh Smith added 18 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for the Hawks, who ended a four-game road trip with a 2-2 mark. Jamal Crawford donated 17 points off the bench while Al Horford chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds for Atlanta, which shot 54.2 percent from the floor.
Paul Millsap finished with 14 points and nine boards off the bench for the Jazz, who were coming off a perfect four-game road trip. Kyle Korver and Ronnie Price each had 13 points. Carlos Boozer tallied 12 points, 10 boards, and eight assists, while C.J. Miles ended with 12 points and five rebounds in defeat.
Utah was without forward Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) and guard Deron Williams (bruised right quadricep) on Monday.
Korver's jumper put the Jazz ahead 95-94 with 2:47 to play in the fourth. Johnson responded with a three-pointer at the other end to give Atlanta a two- point edge. Crawford then stole the ball from Boozer, and after being fouled, made two foul shots to give the Hawks a 99-95 lead with 2:07 remaining.
The Jazz had the ball following misses from Boozer and Johnson. Price's layup was blocked by Horford but Millsap grabbed the rebound and dished off to Price, who was off the mark on a three-pointer. Boozer came up with the board and made a layup to cut the margin to two with 1:15 left.
Mike Bibby missed a jumper at the opposite end of the floor and Boozer was in position for the defensive board. But he bobbled the ball and it went off his knee before going out of play. Crawford capitalized by driving to the lane and pulling up for a 15-foot jumper, giving Atlanta a 101-97 edge with 37.5 ticks to go.
Miles missed two foul shots and a jumpball took place following the second miss. The Hawks won the jumpball at center court, and Crawford made 1-of-2 from the foul line to make it 102-97 with 24.5 seconds remaining.
Atlanta made 3-of-4 from the charity stripe from there on to seal the victory.
"Well, we made a couple mistakes trying to come down the stretch and turned the ball over a couple times and missed some freethrows that could help keep you in there," Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan said. "But I thought our guys really played hard, being short-handed and that sort of thing; I thought everybody tried to step up and play hard."
The Hawks led 28-24 after 12 minutes and took a 54-51 margin into the locker room.
The Jazz held a 75-74 edge following a back-and-forth third quarter.
Despite the loss, the Jazz own an 11-4 mark in the previous 15 encounters with the Hawks...The Jazz dropped to 22-8 as the host this season...Utah shot 48.2 percent from the field...Atlanta went 8-of-16 from beyond the arc, while the Jazz made just 4-of-17 three-pointers.
02/23 00:35:26 ET