That doesn't mean leading the Atlanta Hawks back to his former
home equals a trip to the comfort zone. Korver is the first to
confess it takes 48 minutes of sweating and toiling to beat the Jazz
in their own arena.
"This is a hard building to play in if you're not the home team,"
Korver said. "It doesn't matter if you played here a bunch of times.
If you're not the home team, this isn't comfortable."
Korver did his best to make sure Atlanta's visit was successful even
if it wasn't comfortable. He scored 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting,
and forward Paul Millsap added 23 points to help the Hawks escape
with a 112-110 victory over Utah on Monday night.
All five starters scored in double figures for Atlanta (27-35). The
Hawks shot 48.7 percent (38-for-78) from the field and 44.8 percent
(13-for-29) from 3-point range to snap a six-game losing streak.
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 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
The Hawks stayed within striking distance and moved in front for
good when Korver and forward DeMarre Carroll hit back-to-back
3-pointers. Korver added a jumper to give Atlanta a 101-96 lead with
Korver and Millsap each hit free throws in the final minute to seal
"It's good for our guys in the locker room to have that feeling,"
Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. "A lot of guys made big plays
on both ends of the court. Basically everybody that played really
contributed and helped us find a way to win the game. The ball
movement and the offensive execution and the defense in the first
half were really good."
Atlanta extended its winning streak over the Jazz to six. The Hawks
recorded their franchise-record 28th game of the season with 10 or
Finding a rhythm from outside mattered for the Hawks. Every shot was
needed to turn back the Jazz's comeback in the final minutes.
"It made a big difference because that's a big part of what we do,"
Millsap said. "We shoot a lot of 3s, and when we're making them,
we're a tough team to beat. When we're not, that's when we got to
buckle down and play defense and try to get stops that way."
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.
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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
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.
A lack of energy characterized Utah's play throughout the first
"I don't think it was a lack of attention to detail," Burke said.
"Our offense was stagnant, and on defense, we allowed them to go
wherever they wanted to go and we weren't active."
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 a 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 fast-break layup to cap a 20-7 run,
putting Utah ahead 74-73.
"I liked the last 24 minutes a lot better," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin
said. "I thought we were a little sluggish in the first half, but I
thought in the second half we came with just as much energy (as) we
didn't have in the first half."
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 18 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.
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