Korver, Millsap lead Hawks past Jazz
- Article by: MATTHEW COLES
- Associated Press
- March 10, 2014 - 11:05 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — Kyle Korver scored 26 points and Paul Millsap added 23 to help the Atlanta Hawks outlast the Utah Jazz 112-110 on Monday night and snap a six-game losing streak.
Jeff Teague had 14 points and the Hawks used a late 16-4 run to end a 10-game road skid and salvage a win at the end of a gloomy six-game road trip.
The Jazz led 96-93 after Trey Burke's 3-pointer, but Korver started an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer and then a contested jumper to beat the shot clock.
Trey Burke made a layup before Millsap countered with two free throws and Korver added two of his own to seemingly put the game out of reach.
Trailing 109-100 with 26 seconds left, the Jazz made it interesting with 10 points in the last 16 seconds.
Burke scored 23 points and Marvin Williams had 18 for the Jazz, who have lost six of their last seven.
Most of the Atlanta starting lineup spent significant time playing for the Jazz. Carroll (2011-13), Korver (2007-10) and Millsap (2006-13) all received warm applause when they were introduced before the game.
The trio then combined to score 18 first-quarter points and put Utah in an early hole. The three also combined for 15 of the Hawks' 16 points in the game-clinching run.
The Hawks led by 17 points in the first half before the Jazz rallied in the third quarter. Utah outscored Atlanta 36-19 in the period and capped an 18-7 run with Hayward's rebound dunk just before the buzzer for an 80-78 edge.
Millsap missed five games with a badly bruised knee and then struggled a bit in his first two games back in limited minutes. He regained his All-Star form against his former team, which decided to go with a youth movement and let him sign with the Hawks in the offseason.
Millsap was 7 of 14 from the field and had eight rebounds to help the Hawks, who had a tough time matching up with the Jazz inside. Utah outrebounded Atlanta 45-34.
The Hawks, desperately trying to hang on to the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot, finally started to see things click in Los Angeles on Saturday before losing 109-108 to the Clippers.
Teague, who missed a key free throw against the Clippers, missed two down the stretch again but made four to help Atlanta avoid its seventh straight loss overall and 15th in 16 games.
The Hawks are 3½ games in front of the Knicks in the race for the playoffs.
The Jazz just finished their own nightmare of an extended road trip, losing five of their six games before outlasting Philadelphia 104-92 in the finale.
The Hawks allowed an average of 113 points on better than 50-percent shooting, including 44 percent from 3-point range. But the Hawks made 13 of 29 from beyond the arc and Korver made all four of his attempts.
The Jazz, however, have dropped their last four home matchups with the Hawks after winning the previous 15.
NOTES: Former Jazz Hall of Famer Karl Malone sat courtside and used a giant slingshot to hurl balls into the crowd during a timeout. ... Utah's 36 third-period points tied for the most against the Hawks this season. ... The 10 consecutive road losses were Atlanta's worst away drought since losing the final 13 in 2006-07.
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