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Hawks 112, Jazz 110

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SALT LAKE CITY — Guard Kyle Korver scored 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting, and forward Paul Millsap added 23 points to help the Atlanta Hawks escape with a 112-110 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Hawks (27-35). Atlanta shot 48.7 percent (38-for-78) from the field and 44.8 percent (13-for-29) from 3-point range.

Guard Trey Burke had 23 points to lead the Jazz, and forward Marvin Williams added 18. Seven Utah players scored in double figures, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Jazz (22-42) from suffering their sixth loss in the past seven games.

Guard Alec Burks hit a jumper and made two free throws to give the Jazz an 84-80 lead early in the fourth quarter. Atlanta never fell further behind.

The Hawks stayed within striking distance and moved in front once more, going ahead for good when Korver and forward DeMarre Carroll hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and Korver added a jumper to give Atlanta a 101-96 lead with 1:35 left.

Korver had the hot hand for the Hawks in the opening quarter. He made four of five shots to open the game and helped Atlanta build an early lead. Korver’s fourth basket — a mid-range jumper — sparked a 9-2 Hawks run that ended with a 3-pointer by Carroll, giving Atlanta a 22-14 lead.

The Jazz closed within 28-27 after Burks stole the ball from center Mike Muscala and fed forward Jeremy Evans for a dunk. Atlanta responded with a 12-0 run to push the lead to 40-27 with 6:50 left before halftime. The Hawks burned Utah from the perimeter during the spurt. Three players hit 3-pointers, ending with a dagger from Korver.

Atlanta led by as many 17 points three different times before halftime, going up by that margin the final time when guard Jeff Teague hit two free throws to make it 59-42 with 13.8 seconds left.

Utah came to life in the third quarter by heating up from outside. Burke buried back-to-back 3-pointers to get the Jazz within 62-52. The Jazz then scored on four consecutive possessions — culminating in high-flying dunk from forward Richard Jefferson — to cut the deficit to single digits.

The Jazz finally took their first lead since the 8:02 mark of the first quarter when Burke made a fastbreak layup to cap a 20-7 run, putting Utah ahead 74-73.

NOTES: PF Paul Millsap and SF DeMarre Carroll returned to play in a regular-season game in Utah for the first time since signing with the Hawks in the offseason. Millsap averaged 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds during his Jazz career, while Carroll contributed 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds. … Millsap is the only NBA player averaging at least 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks this season. His averages coming into Monday’s game were 17.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.1 blocks. … C Derrick Favors has a team-best 19 double-doubles (points and rebounds) for Utah this season. … Before Monday, Jazz G Alec Burks averaged 19.6 points over the previous 12 home games. He scored 12 points against the Hawks.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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