Horford scored 23 points Friday and the Atlanta Hawks continued
their high-scoring ways in a 118-85 victory over the Utah Jazz,
extending their winning streak to three games. It matched Atlanta's
best defensive effort of the season.
Horford, a sixth-year veteran from Florida, made 11 of 15 shots from
the field in only 23 minutes. He added four rebounds and one assist
and didn't play in the fourth quarter. Horford is averaging 23.6
points and 9.2 rebounds in the last five games (four wins). That
seven-point effort against Oklahoma City on Dec. 10 has long been
"I made good shots," Horford said. "I missed a few that I thought I
should have made — a few jump shots — being the perfectionist I
am. Our energy was the difference tonight."
Atlanta continues to grow into the unselfish system being taught by
first-year coach Mike Budenholzer. In the last four games, the Hawks
(15-12) are averaging 115.5 points and have reached 100 in their
last 10 games. Atlanta improved to 5-1 at Philips Arena against
Western Conference teams.
"I liked the mentality and the focus our group came out with
tonight," Budenholzer said. "They were able to maintain it. That's
been one of our talking points, something we've been wanting to
The Hawks also got a 25-point contribution from guard Lou Williams,
who came off the bench to tie a career high with six 3-pointers.
Forward Paul Millsap, who played seven seasons in Utah before coming
to Atlanta this year as a free agent, had 14 points and 10 rebounds
for his 10th double-double.
"I just made shots," Williams said. "I talked myself into making
shots. I had a lot more confidence. After having two points the
other night, I got some extra shooting in. I'm glad it was able to
Utah was led by center Enes Kanter and point guard Alec Burks with
13 points apiece. Kanter had a season-high 13 rebounds.
Jazz rookie guard Trey Burke, who scored a career-best 30 points
Tuesday, didn't score until 8:02 left in the third quarter — his
only two points of the game. He was 1-for-8 from the floor.
Utah (7-22) is 1-2 on its five-game road trip and 1-6 on the road
this season against Eastern Conference teams. The Jazz shot only
37.2 percent from the floor against the Atlanta and got just 33
points from its starters.
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"We had low energy all night long," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin
said. "We didn't come out with a sense of urgency that we've
been seeing. I liked the way we played in Orlando the other
night. I was looking for that kind of effort, but we just didn't
have it from the beginning of the ball game tonight."
Atlanta got eight points from Horford in the first quarter and
used a 19-6 run to take a 23-10 lead with 3:46 left. The Hawks
stretched the lead to 30-16 by scoring the last seven points of
the first quarter.
Atlanta continued to pour it on in the second quarter when
Williams made two 3-pointers, the second giving the Hawks a
21-point lead they carried into halftime.
Utah was only 13-for-40 (32.5 percent) from the floor in the
first half and had no players in double figures at halftime.
The Jazz managed 24 points in the third quarter but were still
outscored by six points and trailed 85-58 at the end of the
"We came out flat and had no energy," Utah forward Derrick
Favors said. "They came out with focus and they got the job
done. We just have to come out with that kind of energy and
attitude like they had tonight."
NOTES: Atlanta was without F Cartier Martin and F Gustavo Ayon
for the second straight game. Martin hurt his left ankle in
practice on Tuesday and Ayon missed his sixth straight game with
a left ankle sprain. Martin was still limping, but Ayon was
working on drills after Friday's practice. There is no timetable
for the return of either. ... Atlanta G Kyle Korver wasted no
time extending his NBA-record streak of consecutive games with a
3-point basket to 96 when he knocked down his first attempt with
4:20 left in the first quarter. Korver made eight 3-pointers in
Tuesday night's win over Sacramento. ... Trade talks between the
Hawks and Rockets regarding C Omer Asik were called off on
Thursday. Houston set a deadline of Thursday to move the
disgruntled player. ... Utah G Gordon Hayward had a special
meet-and-greet with fans from Butler, his alma mater, before the
game. ... Utah plays again Saturday in Charlotte. Atlanta plays
four of its next five games on the road, starting Monday in
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