Hawks vs. Jazz - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Utah Jazz 103-95 at home at Philips Arena. This was the first game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. With the win, the Hawks improved to 21-14 on the season, 1-0 in the regular season series with the Jazz, and 1-0 in their back-to-back set. They also snapped a four-game losing streak with the win. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, and Josh Smith and Al Horford in the frontcourt. Anthony Morrow (right hip strain) did not dress. DeShawn Stevenson (knees) did not play. Johan Petro, Mike Scott, and Anthony Tolliver received DNP-CDs. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Devin Harris, with 24 points. He also dished out five assists. Josh Smith added a double-double, with 15 points, 10 boards, and six assists. Louis Williams contributed 14 points off the bench. Ivan Johnson scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench. Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia had 12 points apiece. The leading scorer for the Jazz was Randy Foye, with a game-high 25 points. In the first quarter, Randy Foye scored 15 points to help the Jazz to a 25-22 lead after one. In the second quarter, the Jazz outscored the Hawks 22-21 to extend their lead to 47-43 at the break. In the third quarter, the Jazz took their biggest lead of the game (15), but the Hawks went on an 8-1 run to cut their deficit to eight heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, Devin Harris lead the Hawks with 12 points, and the Hawks ended the game on a 9-1 run to secure the eight-point victory. I think the key to this win for the Hawks was perseverance. Down by double-digits in the second half, the Hawks kept fighting, and they got the W. Great win for the Hawks against a team that took them to four overtimes in their last meeting.