High-scoring Hawks roll past Jazz, 118-85
- Article by: CHARLES ODUM
- Associated Press
- December 20, 2013 - 9:00 PM
ATLANTA — Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks continued their offensive upswing as they rolled to an easy 118-85 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
The Hawks never trailed and pushed their lead to double digits for good in the opening period.
Atlanta set a scoring high with its 124-107 win over Sacramento on Wednesday night and has topped 110 points in three straight games.
Al Horford has been a key in the flurry of high-scoring games, averaging 23.8 points in his last four games. He had 23 points in only three quarters. Horford was rested as the Hawks took an 85-58 lead into the final period.
The Hawks (15-12) have won three straight and four of five.
Enes Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Utah. Alec Burks also had 13 points. Trey Burke, who scored a career-high 30 points in a win over Orlando on Wednesday night, made only 1 of 8 shots for two points.
Paul Millsap had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta.
The Hawks took their largest halftime lead of the season, pulling ahead by 21 points at 55-34 at the break. Horford had 14 points in the half.
Kyle Korver extended his NBA record by making a 3-pointer in his 96th consecutive game. His made the first of his two 3s with 4:24 remaining in the first period.
Utah had a scare midway through the third quarter when Gordon Hayward was slow to return to his feet following a collision with Jeff Teague as the two were reaching for a loose ball. Hayward remained in the game following a timeout and finished with 11 points.
Jeremy Evans, the 2012 slam-dunk competition champion, missed a dunk and then landed hard on his back with 7:53 remaining, giving the Jazz another scare. Following a brief delay, Evans remained in the game and had 10 points.
NOTES: The Jazz are 0-11 on the road and 1-13 overall when trailing at halftime. ... Atlanta leads the NBA with its average of 25.3 assists per game. ... Hawks G Cartier Martin (sprained left ankle) and F Gustavo Ayon (left ankle) have missed five straight games. ... Williams was 6 of 10 from 3-point range.
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