National Basketball Association
Atlanta 118, Utah 85
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, December 20, 2013
Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
#46 Ben Taylor, #17 Joe Crawford, #31 Scott Wall
Hawks 118, Jazz 85: Lou Williams poured in 25 points and Al Horford added 23 on 11-of-15 shooting as Atlanta wrapped up a sweep of a three-game homestand.
Paul Millsap tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds in his first game against his former team for the Hawks. Mike Scott added 11 points off the bench and Jeff Teague scored nine points to go with eight assists for Atlanta, which has won eight of the last nine meetings with Utah.
Enes Kanter collected 13 points and 13 rebounds and fellow reserve Alec Burks scored 13 for the Jazz, who were 3-of-18 from 3-point range and shot 37.2 percent overall. Gordon Hayward was the only Utah starter in double figures with 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting.
The Hawks never trailed, using a 9-0 spurt to open a 13-point advantage and holding the Jazz scoreless over the final three minutes of the first quarter to push the margin to 30-16. Atlanta stretched it to 55-34 at halftime, holding the Jazz to 32.5 percent from the field before the break.
The lead never dipped below 20 in the second half and topped 30 after Williams hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Teague's steal led to DeMarre Carroll's layup to make it 82-51 with less than three minutes left in the third. The Hawks have won six of eight heading into a trip to Miami on Monday.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Atlanta has scored at least 114 points in three straight games after failing to reach that number in its first 24 contests. … Hawks SG Kyle Korver went 2-for-3 from 3-point range, extending his NBA record streak to 96 consecutive games with at least one 3. … The 33-point spread was the Hawks' largest margin of victory this season.
Top Game Performances
Alec Burks 13
Lou Williams 25
Alec Burks 4
Jeff Teague 8
Enes Kanter 13
Paul Millsap 10
Enes Kanter 3
||Free Throws Made
Paul Millsap 6
John Lucas III 3
DeMarre Carroll 4
Gordon Hayward 3
Elton Brand 5
Team Stats Summary
Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Miami. The Hawks have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
Utah will play their next game on the road against Charlotte. The Jazz have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.