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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      ATLANTA          18   23   19   14    74   
      UTAH             28   25   21   22    96      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   ATL - JOSH CHILDRESS 21, AL HARRINGTON 12, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 10
                UTH - MEHMET OKUR 19, RAJA BELL 17, ANDREI 
                      KIRILENKO 14

HIGH REBOUND:   ATL - JOSH SMITH 7, AL HARRINGTON 6, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                UTH - ANDREI KIRILENKO 7, MATT HARPRING 6, 
                      MEHMET OKUR 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   ATL - AL HARRINGTON 7, BORIS DIAW 3, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 1
                UTH - ANDREI KIRILENKO 6, KEITH MCLEOD 6, 
                      MEHMET OKUR 5

         ATT:   17,766

Box Score

ATLANTA (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Smith 36 4-15 2-2 1-7 1 3 10 A Harrington 41 4-19 4-4 2-6 7 2 12 O Ekezie 15 3-5 3-4 2-4 0 5 9 B Diaw 32 3-8 0-0 0-2 3 5 6 J Childress 41 5-7 10-12 0-5 1 4 21 P Drobnak 26 2-8 2-4 2-5 0 1 6 T Gugliotta 32 5-9 0-0 2-5 0 4 10 J Collier 10 0-2 0-4 0-0 0 1 0 M Stewart 7 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 2 0 T Lue DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE R Ivey DNP - MLD CONCUSSION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-73 21-30 10-35 13 27 74 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (J Smith 0-1, A Harrington 0-2, J Childress 1-1, P Drobnak 0-1). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:2 (J Childress, J Smith). Turnovers:14 (A Harrington 4, J Smith 3, T Gugliotta 2, O Ekezie 2, J Collier, J Childress, B Diaw). Steals: 10 (T Gugliotta 3, A Harrington 2, J Smith 2, O Ekezie, J Childress, P Drobnak). UTAH (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Kirilenko 39 5-10 4-4 3-7 6 2 14 M Harpring 23 5-11 1-2 3-6 2 5 11 J Collins 18 2-2 1-2 0-2 0 3 5 K McLeod 26 3-5 3-4 0-4 6 3 10 R Bell 24 7-11 0-0 0-1 1 4 17 H Eisley 22 3-5 0-0 1-3 3 1 6 K Snyder 13 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 2 5 M Okur 33 6-10 7-7 1-5 5 1 19 K Humphries 21 1-3 3-8 1-3 1 2 5 G Giricek 13 0-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 C Borchardt 8 1-1 2-2 1-4 0 2 4 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-68 21-29 10-38 25 26 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.515, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (A Kirilenko 0-1, M Harpring 0-1, K McLeod 1-1, R Bell 3-4, H Eisley 0-1, K Snyder 1-2, G Giricek 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:9 (M Okur 3, A Kirilenko 2, K Humphries 2, M Harpring, G Giricek). Turnovers:16 (M Harpring 3, C Borchardt 3, M Okur 2, G Giricek 2, J Collins, K Humphries, K McLeod, K Snyder, A Kirilenko, R Bell). Steals: 4 (H Eisley, M Harpring, K McLeod, K Humphries). ------------------------------------------- ATLANTA 18 23 19 14 - 74 UTAH 28 25 21 22 - 96 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Utah - 1 (Defensive Three, 8:05 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,766. T: 2:10. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Pat Fraher, Tim Donaghy.


Extended Box

ATLANTA (74) AT UTAH (96) ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J SMITH F 36 4-15 2-2 1 6 7 1 3 2 3 10 A HARRINGTON F 41 4-19 4-4 2 4 6 7 2 2 4 12 O EKEZIE C 15 3-5 3-4 2 2 4 0 5 1 2 9 B DIAW G 32 3-8 0-0 0 2 2 3 5 0 1 6 J CHILDRESS G 41 5-7 10-12 0 5 5 1 4 1 1 21 P DROBNAK 26 2-8 2-4 2 3 5 0 1 1 0 6 T GUGLIOTTA 32 5-9 0-0 2 3 5 0 4 3 2 10 J COLLIER 10 0-2 0-4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 M STEWART 7 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 T LUE DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE R IVEY DNP - MLD CONCUSSION TOTALS 240 26-73 21-30 10 25 35 13 27 10 14 74 (.356) (.700) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 16 (9 PTS) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A KIRILENKO F 39 5-10 4-4 3 4 7 6 2 0 1 14 M HARPRING F 23 5-11 1-2 3 3 6 2 5 1 3 11 J COLLINS C 18 2-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 5 K MCLEOD G 26 3-5 3-4 0 4 4 6 3 1 1 10 R BELL G 24 7-11 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 17 H EISLEY 22 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 6 K SNYDER 13 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 5 M OKUR 33 6-10 7-7 1 4 5 5 1 0 2 19 K HUMPHRIES 21 1-3 3-8 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 5 G GIRICEK 13 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 C BORCHARDT 8 1-1 2-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 3 4 TOTALS 240 35-68 21-29 10 28 38 25 26 4 16 96 (.515) (.724) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17 (18 PTS) ATLANTA 18 23 19 14 - 74 UTAH 28 25 21 22 - 96 BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - J CHILDRESS, J SMITH. UTAH - M OKUR 3, A KIRILENKO 2, K HUMPHRIES 2, M HARPRING, G GIRICEK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 1-5 (.200), J SMITH 0-1, A HARRINGTON 0- 2, J CHILDRESS 1-1, P DROBNAK 0-1. UTAH 5-12 (.417), A KIRILENKO 0- 1, M HARPRING 0-1, K MCLEOD 1-1, R BELL 3-4, H EISLEY 0-1, K SNYDER 1- 2, G GIRICEK 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: UTAH - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, PAT FRAHER, TIM DONAGHY. A - 17,766. T - 2:10.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- A balanced effort and a struggling opponent enabled the Utah Jazz to achieve a rare third win in a row. Mehmet Okur scored 19 points and Raja Bell added 17 as the Jazz coasted to a 96-74 win over the reeling Atlanta Hawks. Since opening the season 4-0, Utah had managed to win two in a row just twice. The Jazz's win over the Hawks marked their first victory of 20 points or more since they won each of their first three games this season by at least that margin. "It's exciting to see that we're able to string something together," Bell said. "Some people thought we had nothing to play for at this point, and a lot of teams might have come out and not really cared. It's exciting to see that we do and that we're starting to play the way we think we're capable of playing." During the three-game run, Utah has held opponents to an average of just 84.0 points while outrebounding all three. "It's amazing. We have such a good team, and some nights we really understand it," Bell said. "The last three nights, the ball moves, people are setting screens, we rebound, on defense we help each other out. Those are the things we can do to win games. The last three nights have been Jazz basketball." "I hope it gives them confidence and I hope they understand that to have a chance to win, we have to execute," said Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, who won his 937th career game to pull within one of matching Hall of Famer Red Auerbach for sixth on the all-time list. "You don't want to make mistakes and you don't want to be the guy that makes mistakes." The Hawks, meanwhile, wrapped up a winless seven-game road trip and have dropped 21 in a row away from home - eight shy of the franchise record. "(It was a) very tough trip," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "We had some pretty good play looking at the Denver game last night and we had a chance to win it. We had Portland and the Clippers down. We've led in a lot of the games out on the road, but we just haven't been able to put 48 minutes together." Playing without guards Tyronn Lue, who was serving a one-game suspension for throwing a punch in a loss at Denver on Tuesday, and Royal Ivey, who was out with a concussion, Atlanta dressed just nine players, all 6-8 or taller. They still managed to lose the rebounding edge, 38-35, and dropped their 10th straight overall. "We were shorthanded tonight, there's no question about it," Woodson said. "Previous nights, we just haven't figured it out. We play two or three good quarters, but then there's that second or third or fourth quarter that's really biting us in the butt, and we can't recover from that." Utah never trailed in this one and led, 28-18, after the first quarter. It steadily built its edge throughout, finishing with its largest lead. The Hawks tried to stage a late rally, scoring the first six points of the fourth quarter to pull within eight, 74-66, with 9:02 remaining. But the Jazz answered with six straight points to take a 14-point lead with under six minutes to play, all but sealing the victory. "I thought we did well, but I wish we would have come out and just put them away right away. Then, they would have had nothing in the second half," said Utah forward Matt Harpring, who finished with 11 points and six rebounds in just 23 minutes. "They kind of hung with us a little bit. We opened up a gap and they came back." Rookie Josh Childress scored a career-high 21 points and made the Hawks' only 3-pointer, but the rest of the team shot just 32 percent (21-of-66). Atlanta's starting forwards, Josh Smith and Al Harrington, combined to shoot just 8-of-34 (24 percent). "It's a losing effort, so (my performance) really doesn't mean a whole lot," Childress said. "We're just going to keep fighting. One of these days, things are going to click and we're going to put together a full 48 minutes and get a win, get two wins, maybe three." Okur and Bell led five players in double figures as the Jazz shot 52 percent (35-of-68) from the floor. Andrei Kirilenko added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Utah, which had lost six of seven prior to their three-game surge. "(The win streak) is really important, the same way losing affected us," Bell said. "When you start losing strings of games in a row and you don't feel like anything's going to go right for you, the same is true for winning. You win three in a row, all of a sudden you have a little confidence about you, shots are easier to knock down, and it brings an air of confidence to everybody."


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