Hawks vs. Jazz - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Utah Jazz 102-91 on the road at the EnergySolutions Arena. This was the second and final of two games between these two teams this regular season. This was also the third game of a six-game road trip for the Hawks. With the win, the Hawks improved to 33-23 on the season and 3-0 on their road trip. The win also completed a regular season sweep of the Jazz, and the Hawks are now in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward spots, and Al Horford at center. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) and Jeremy Tyler did not dress. Dahntay Jones, Johan Petro, Mike Scott, and Anthony Tolliver all received DNP-CDs in a game in which Coach Larry Drew used a nine-man rotation. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with a career-high, game-high 34 points. He also grabbed 15 boards, giving him a double-double on the night. Josh Smith also added a double-double, with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists. Jeff Teague contributed 19 points and seven dimes. Devin Harris scored 12 points. The leading scorer for the Jazz was Al Jefferson, with 26 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks went on a 10-3 run, and Josh Smith scored 10 points in the period as the Hawks took a five-point lead at the end of one. In the second quarter, the Jazz went on a 9-0 run, but the Hawks still outscored them 26-23 in the quarter, extending their lead to 56-48 at the break. In the third quarter, the Hawks went on a 10-2 run, but the Jazz responded with an 11-2 run. However, the Hawks still managed to extend their lead to 82-68 heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the Jazz did outscore the Hawks 25-20, but Al Horford paced the Hawks with 16 points in the period, and the Hawks secured the 11-point victory. I think the key to this win for the Hawks was free-throw shooting. The Hawks made 21-of-26 at the charity stripe, compared to 13-of-23 for the Jazz. The Hawks have been shooting much better from the stripe as of late, and it paid off in this one, as the Hawks stayed undefeated halfway through the road trip.