NBA Game Summary - Utah at Atlanta
(Friday, November 12th)
Final Score: Utah 90, Atlanta 86
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Second-half comebacks are becoming routine for the Utah Jazz, as they scored the final nine points of the game, including Paul Millsap's go-ahead jumper with 1:20 remaining, to come away with a 90-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Deron Williams carried the load with 24 points, 10 assists and five rebounds for the Jazz, who have won their last four games despite being down double digits in the second half in each one, the last three coming on the road.
Al Jefferson and Andrei Kirilenko also posted double-doubles, as Jefferson had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Kirilenko added 14 and 12.
Joe Johnson tallied 23 points, while Josh Smith chipped in 20 points and 13 boards for the Hawks, losers of four straight after starting the season 6-0.
"They did a great job. They came up with key offensive rebounds and they made some key plays," Johnson said. "Down the stretch we didn't come up with the big plays and didn't get the offensive rebounds."
Atlanta led 69-63 after three quarters and scored seven of the first 10 points in the fourth to extend it to a 76-66 game just 70 seconds in.
The Hawks held an 86-81 cushion with 3:34 to play before missing their final three field goal attempts and two tries at the foul line while turning the ball over twice down the stretch.
Millsap got the game-ending flurry started with a three-point play, and Williams drained a jumper to tie it with 1:56 to go.
After a Hawks miss, Millsap was good from the left wing. The teams traded misses, and Al Horford was fouled in the lane with 7.3 seconds to go. Horford, though, bricked the first attempt, and Jefferson pulled down the rebound on the second miss.
Williams' two from the line with 6.4 seconds remaining sealed yet another miraculous comeback for Utah.
"I was really proud of our guys for hanging in there," Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan said. "As long as we execute and take decent shots we have a chance to win."
A tight first stanza ended with Atlanta clinging to a 26-25 lead, and similar second quarter had the hosts holding a slim 45-42 advantage.
Utah was the first team in the shot-clock era to win three straight games after trailing by double digits at halftime with wins against the Clippers, Heat and Magic coming into the game...Marvin Williams came back from a bone bruise in his right knee that caused him to miss four games. He recorded five points on just 2-of-8 shooting...Horford netted 12 points, while teammate Jamal Crawford added 14 off the bench in the loss...C.J. Miles scored 13 points in a reserve role for Utah, which forced 16 turnovers and only had nine giveaways.
11/12 23:00:09 ET