Kyle Korver’s late 3-pointer lifts Hawks over Jazz
Paul Millsap knew the Atlanta Hawks needed a lift with injuries that sidelined DeMarre Carrol and Mike Scott.
But his big offensive night didn’t come easily.
"It was tough," he said. "I had some good looks. My teammates found me and led me to some shots tonight."
Millsap had 30 points and 17 rebounds and Jeff Teague added 17 points to help the Atlanta Hawks beat the Utah Jazz 100-97 on Wednesday night.
Kyle Korver’s 3-pointer from the left wing with 58 seconds to play put the Hawks up 100-97 and marked the game’s 18th lead change.
Alec Burks finished with 22 points and Derrick Favors scored 20 for the Jazz.
Utah (3-6) led by eight with 4:34 remaining, but the Jazz failed to score again, missing their final seven shots.
"I don’t think it was some egregious mistake that anyone made," Utah coach Quin Snyder said. "At the end of the game you have to be tougher, stronger."
Korver had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta (4-3). After his last 3 pointer, the only other points scored in the final minute were a pair of free throws from Teague with 5.7 seconds remaining.
Winning their third straight, the Hawks were playing without starting forward Carroll and reserve forward Scott, who combined for a 21.7 scoring average in the Hawks’ first six games.
Millsap, who joined Teague and Korver to compensate for their absence, was pleased to pull down six offensive boards and finish 13 for 23 from the field.
"I was really just going after the ball and being aggressive," Millsap said. "I just got back to doing the things that got me here — getting dirty and getting rebounds."
After Ian Clark’s layup put the Jazz up by 13 in the second, Atlanta went on a 20-4 run to lead by four at halftime. Teague, Millsap and Korver combined for 37 points in the first half for Atlanta. Millsap added 10 rebounds.
Gordon Hayward, Utah’s leading scorer over the last two seasons, was just 5 for 16 from the field, finishing with 11 points. Trey Burke had 11 points and 11 assists.
Jazz: Snyder coached his first game in Atlanta since serving as a Hawks assistant last season in Mike Budenholzer’s first year as a head coach. …Favors, who graduated from nearby South Atlanta High School and played the 2009-10 season at Georgia Tech, had several friends and family members in attendance.
Hawks: Korver, who holds the NBA record for 127 consecutive games with a 3-pointer, was 4 for 7 beyond the arc. Korver began the game shooting 55 percent on 3-pointers, fifth-best in the league.