NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Utah
(Saturday, February 23rd)
Final Score: Utah 100, Atlanta 94
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer scored a team-high 21 points and had 12 rebounds, as the Utah Jazz picked up their 14th straight home win, 100-94, over the Atlanta Hawks.
This is Utah's longest home winning streak since the 1995-96 season, when it had a 19-game surge.
Kyle Korver added 13 points behind 6-of-6 shooting from the foul line for the Jazz, who have won 18 of their last 21 games. Deron Williams and Ronnie Brewer both had 12 points, as Utah split the two-game season series against the Hawks.
"We got a little bit jump shot happy," said Boozer. "But when we needed to execute and get the ball inside we did and we scored, and then we got down and played some good defense. Kyle knocked down some big free throws for us and sealed it off for us."
Josh Smith scored a game-high 30 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Hawks, who have lost seven of eight. Mike Bibby added 18 points and dished out nine assists for the Hawks, who have lost 14 straight in Utah. Joe Johnson barely missed a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
"It seemed like when we went out, the starters, they stretched their lead out a little bit and it was our priority to come in and make a run," said Smith. "And we made a run at the end of the first half, and we tried to make a run in the fourth, but that team plays hard and it's hard to try to beat them when you're down at their place."
Trailing 82-66 with less than nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Smith hit a hook shot that sparked a 15-2 run, to bring the Hawks within three at 84-81. Atlanta kept on fighting hard and got within 92-90 with 1:27 left to play after a Bibby layup.
On Utah's next possession Mehmet Okur hit a layup to put the Jazz up 94-90. Johnson and Smith both missed jump shots on Atlanta's next two possessions.
Korver hit two foul shots to extend Utah's lead to six with 20 seconds left. A Smith dunk brought the lead down to 96-92, but Korver was fouled on Utah's next time down the court and he hit both of his free throws with seven seconds left to seal the game.
For most of the first quarter Atlanta held the lead. Trailing 11-8, Okur hit a layup with 5:47 left in the first quarter that sparked a 10-0 run to give the Jazz an 18-11 lead. Utah held on to its lead and took a 23-17 lead to end the first quarter.
Utah started the second quarter red hot. Andrei Kirilenko's jump shot with 5:31 left capped a 20-7 run that gave the Jazz a 43-24 lead. This was Utah's biggest lead of the game. The Hawks answered right back though, going on a 16-4 run in the final 2:47 to cut Utah's lead to 47-40. The run featured three Bibby three-pointers.
Atlanta remained hot in the third quarter. Layups by Zaza Pachulia and Smith gave Atlanta the lead at 58-56 with 6:01 left. Utah woke up after blowing what was once a 19-point lead and went on a 17-4 run, capped off by a Brewer dunk, during the final 5:13 of the third quarter.
The last time Atlanta won in Utah was February 13, 1993...Atlanta shot 48 percent from the field compared to Utah's 47 percent...Atlanta outrebounded Utah, 43-37...The Hawks had 22 turnovers.
02/24 02:28:35 ET