ATLANTA — Going inside the Hawks’ 100-97 win over the Jazz on Wednesday night in Philips Arena.
"Threezus," the black-and-white sign a fan in a Kyle Korver jersey held up, the image showing the Hawks shooting guard, his arms raised up to take a three-pointer.
Threezus was at it again, taking a couple steps back from the left side of the key as 6-foot-10 Derrick Favors guarded him and drained a 25-foot three with 58 seconds remaining to put Atlanta up for good.
Jazz coach Quinn Snyder only has himself to blame for that one.
"That was the one he was always trying to get me to work on," Korver said of the former Hawks assistant. "It’s a little ironic that the first time I shoot it is tonight."
Wednesday the feel of a semi-reunion given that Korver and Hawks forwards Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll (out with a groin strain), were also former Jazz and Utah was being run by Quinn.
By the a way, how much does it have to hurt Jazz fans to see Millsap turn into an All-Star, Korver make NBA history a year ago with his consecutive starts streak, Al Jefferson become All-NBA First-Team good and still live with Deron Williams being in his prime. Remember, at one point or another, they had all of them.
The ex-Utahns made their presence felt, especially Millsap, who racked up 30 points and 17 rebounds.
"I was really just going after the ball and being aggressive," Millsap said. "Getting back to doing the things that that got me here and that’s getting down and getting dirty and getting rebounds."
Meanwhile, Korver had 17 points and hit 4 of 7 threes to moved into the league lead with 26 threes on the season. But none were bigger than the shot he drained over the outstretch Favors.
"Any time Kyle shoots, it’s OK in my mind," said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. "… It was obviously a huge shot to make. That’s the kind of special player he is.
You wouldn’t have known Jeff Teague was coming off of his worst game of the year.
During a 20-4 Hawks run to end the second quarter, he simply took over, scoring six straight points and 10 in all. He finished with 20 and eight assists, and made some personal history in the process as he eclipsed the 4,000-point total in his career.
He is the 35th player to reach that milestone points in a Hawks uniform and the second in two years as Zaza Pachulia did it a year ago.
That nice, round figure aside, this was a much-needed bounce-back game after Teague’s performance Monday against the Knicks when he had three points and missed all four of his shots from the field.
He was 7 of 10 from the field, marking his best shooting percentage (58.3) since he shot at a 66.7 clip in the season opener against the Raptors.
It also came at a perfect time.
As detailed here, if Teague is going to work his way into the conversation of the league’s top point guards, he’s going to have to start upstaging them. He didn’t do that in his last chance, scoring just five points in a duel with the Spurs’ Tony Parker, but he gets another big matchup on Saturday when the Hawks travel to Cleveland to face Kyrie Irving and Co.
But first, Teague has another chance to keep his momentum going against the point guard-challenged Heat.
Heading into Wednesday, Atlanta had dropped 14 of its last 17 games against the Western Conference, — including the last four dating back to last season — and just fell to in San Antonio a week ago.
It has been five seasons since the Hawks had a winning record against the West — they were 21-9 in 2009-10 — and last season dropped 20 of 30 games.
But a near constant in those troubles has been getting the best of the Jazz.
The Hawks made it eight straight in the series and 10 of the last 11.
4:34 — The Jazz led by eight points with 4:34 to play, but never scored again, missing the last seven shots.
23 — Atlanta, which ranks second in the league with 24 assists per game, dished out at least 20 for the sixth time this season.