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Utah at Atlanta

Hawks finally solve Jazz despite Boozer's 39 points

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Al Horford was incredulous when told the Atlanta Hawks hadn't beaten the Utah Jazz in five years.

"Really? I didn't know that," said the rookie before pausing and adding "We're 1-0 against them now. I feel pretty good."

Joe Johnson scored 26 points, including 20 in the second half, and Anthony Johnson had 14 assists to help the Hawks end their nine-game losing streak against Utah, holding off the Jazz 116-111 on Monday night.

Carlos Boozer scored a season-high 39 points with 12 rebounds and was the major reason six Atlanta players finished with four or more fouls.

The teams combined for 92 free throws, including 50 by Atlanta. Utah, which had its sixth consecutive road loss, made only 29 of 42 free throws (69 percent) while the Hawks shot 57.6 percent from the field.

"We were out there trying to stop 57 percent shooting, and if you have to play against that, it's difficult to win," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.

"If we'd still been playing and made our free throws, you always have a chance. It would have made it a little bit closer there at the end. You never know what would have happened."

The Hawks built a fourth-quarter lead and didn't falter when Utah staged its inevitable challenge.

A jam by Horford gave the Hawks a 110-100 lead with 2:09 left.

Deron Williams, who had 14 points and 10 assists, made two of three free throws with 17 seconds left to cut the lead to 113-108.

C.J. Miles hit a 3-pointer with 14.4 seconds left, cutting the lead to 114-111. Ronnie Brewer, who had 19 points, stole Atlanta's inbounds pass, but Miles missed a 26-foot jumper.

Zaza Pachulia made one of two free throws for a 115-111 lead with three seconds left.

Anthony Johnson had 17 points with his season-high total for assists and made two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

"He was our engine, our motor," Smith said.

"We needed to find offense somewhere, and A.J. gave it to us."

Boozer also said Anthony Johnson was the difference.

"We had a couple great steals and some great plays, but not enough," Boozer said. "Anthony Johnson probably played the best game of his career tonight."

Marvin Williams had 21 and Josh Smith added 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for Atlanta, which is 6-3 against Western Conference teams.

The Hawks had only nine players in uniform and were without point guards Acie Law, Speedy Claxton and Tyronn Lue, leaving Anthony Johnson to play 45 minutes.

"I know what I'm capable of, given the opportunity," said Anthony Johnson, who gave credit to Joe Johnson.

"He did a great job of carrying us down the stretch."

Joe Johnson said the final two minutes "were definitely scary. I was praying they wouldn't come down and shoot a 3-pointer."

Utah, which lost to Atlanta for the first time since Oct. 31, 2002, fell to 5-10 on the road this season.

Horford also had 17; every Atlanta starter scored at least 17 points.

Boozer fouled out with two seconds left and finished two points shy of matching his career high of 41 points set against Washington last March. Andrei Kirilenko scored 16 points for Utah.

The Hawks (12-12) moved to .500 for the third time this season.

Utah, which ended a six-game losing streak with a victory against Seattle on Saturday, has lost seven of eight.

"You've got to play a perfect finish the way we've been playing," Sloan said. "This was not even close to that.

"We've got to do something where we help each other."

Fouls were a concern for the Hawks. Smith, Pachulia and Mario West entered the fourth quarter with four fouls.

Smith left the game with his fifth foul with 8:14 left. Horford, who had to guard Boozer most of the night, was assessed his fifth with 4:12 left.

Utah appeared to be on the verge of putting the game away in the third quarter.

Hawks coach Mike Woodson called a timeout after a basket by Boozer gave Utah a 66-57 lead, but the Hawks came out of the timeout with a 10-0 run to regain the lead.

How long ago was that last victory against the Jazz for Atlanta? Glenn Robinson -- how a distant memory for Hawks fans -- led Atlanta with 20 points in the victory.

Notes

  • Smith had four fouls in the third quarter.
  • Hawks C Lorenzen Wright missed the game with flu-like symptoms. Josh Childress (strained groin) missed his third consecutive game.
  • Utah F Matt Harpring, is expected to meet the team for its game in Charlotte on Wednesday, pending the outcome of tests for gastric distress.
  • Miles had 10 points off Utah's bench.
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Carlos Boozer gives Al Horford and Atlanta all they can handle, but the Hawks shoot 57 percent and win.  (AP)
Carlos Boozer gives Al Horford and Atlanta all they can handle, but the Hawks shoot 57 percent and win. (AP)

Scoreboard
Utah (14-12) 31223325111
Atlanta (12-12) «25263530116
UTA:C. Boozer 39 Pts
UTA:C. Boozer 12 Reb
UTA:D. Williams 10 Ast
ATL:J. Johnson 26 Pts
ATL:J. Smith 12 Reb
ATL:A. Johnson 14 Ast
Players of the Game
AtlantaUtah

A. Johnson

C. Boozer
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
1711439122
Utah
C. Boozer, PF4215-249-14122639
A. Kirilenko, SF405-116-854516
D. Williams, PG403-128-11310014
R. Brewer, SG399-111-243419
J. Collins, C281-44-53256
P. Millsap, PF173-61-22157
C. Miles, SG134-80-003310
J. Hart, PG80-20-00130
K. Fesenko, C80-30-03030
G. Giricek, SG40-20-00010
M. Harpring, SFDid Not Play
M. Okur, CDid Not Play
R. Price, PGDid Not Play
M. Almond, SGDid Not Play
Totals 40-8329-42322635111
 48.2%69.0% 
Atlanta
M. Williams, SF485-811-1263221
A. Johnson, PG457-110-0114417
J. Johnson, SG368-179-1135426
J. Smith, SF295-138-10121518
A. Horford, PF288-111-472517
Z. Pachulia, C252-24-85058
S. Williams, PF150-02-42022
M. West, SG153-41-12047
L. Wright, CDid Not Play
T. Lue, PGDid Not Play
S. Claxton, PGDid Not Play
J. Childress, SGDid Not Play
S. Stoudamire, SGDid Not Play
S. Jones, PFDid Not Play
A. Law, PGDid Not Play
Totals 38-6636-50382531116
 57.6%72.0% 
Other Games
Mil 99 Final
Cle 104
Min 87 Final
Mia 91
Ind 119 Final
NY 92
GS 125 Final
Mem 117
Orl 108 Final
Dal 111
Pho 100 Final
SA 95
NO 76 Final
Port 88