Game Recap: Jazz 90 – Hawks 86

Game Details

7:00 PM ET, November 12th, 2010
Philips Arena, Atlanta GA

1 2 3 4 Final
UTA 25 17 21 27 90
ATL 26 19 24 17 86

Top Performers
Utah: D. Williams 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 14 Ast
Atlanta: J. Smith 20 Pts, 13 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

ESPN.com Box Score

Recap

And the Hawks make four in a row.

Adding to the unlikeness of the Jazz current stretch of 4 consecutive wins, the Jazz overcame another double digit deficit (this time the Jazz were 10 points down with 10:49 left in the 4th), to beat the Hawks by 4.

To put this particular match up in some context, the Jazz have struggled with Atlanta in recent years, esp. in Atlanta. The last time the Jazz won in Philips Arena was Dec 20th, 2006. The Jazz have long struggled to match up with what is usually a particularly athletic team, one that can exploit what is normally a slower paced offense.

But, of the four games in this improbable run (Clippers, Heat, Magic, Hawks), last night’s Jazz win is the easiest to understand (at least as far as I’m concerned):

  1. The Jazz did well to make it a ball game throughout. The Hawks had the lead for most of the game, the Jazz kept it within 6 points up until 4:07 left in the 3rd.
  2. The Jazz defense prevented the Hawks big three (Johnson, Smith, Horford) from having big nights. The three of them ended up with a combined 55 points. Their combined PPG average is 50.8.
  3. The Jazz won onto small statistical wins in total rebounds (43-41), assists (25-23) and steals (7-5).
  4. The Jazz held the Hawks scoreless in the final 3:33, a combination of keeping pressure on the shooters and AK, Jefferson and Millsap fighting for rebounds.
  5. The Hawks struggled from the free throw line, finishing up 11 for 21 (52.4%), including two key missed free throws down the stretch from Horford.

Kirenlinko had one of his better nights of the season, going 5 for 11 from the field, including 2 for 3 from the three point range. He also grabbed 12 rebounds, including 4 offensive boards.

It was also a good night for the Jazz’ second unit, who kept the lead close and in one stretch ran toe-to-toe with the Hawks starters.

This win, along with the Thunder’s defeat of the Fail Blazers, puts the Jazz atop the Northwest division for the first time this season.

The Jazz wrap up their road trip tonight in Charlotte, and then head back to Salt Lake for a three game stand against the Thunder, Nets and Spurs.

Game Quotes

Deron Williams

“We take a lot of pride because we’re doing it the right way. We’re doing it defensively. We’re executing in the second half. Now we’ve got to find a way to do it in the first half. We start off sluggish, so maybe we need to shake things up earlier.”

Hawks Coach Larry Drew

“We got hurt at the free throw line. The combination of not making free throws and giving up 15 offensive rebounds to a good team is not going to get you a win.”

Al Horford

“I can take the blame for not being able to knock down those free throws at the end. I just have to be ready the next time to knock them down.”

Quotes from ESPN

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~ by djepperson on November 13, 2010.

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