Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Jazz - December 18, 2009


Atlanta 96, Utah 83 | December 18, 2009 | Philips Arena
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  • One off their season high in consecutive wins from a year ago -- seven -- the Atlanta Hawks blasted the Utah Jazz Friday, 96-83, and won their sixth straight game.
  • It was Atlanta's fourth in a row at Philips Arena, and 12th in 14 games there. The Hawks are now 19-6 overall.
  • The third quarter proved to be the difference once again, as the home team ripped the nets for 37 points and held Utah to 17.
  • Josh Smith's 16 points led Atlanta, with eight rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks.
  • The Hawks let a 3:30 minute drought in the first quarter limit their early lead, but they still led after one, 22-18. Smith had six points, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks after 12 minutes, and Johnson added five points.
  • Atlanta led by 10 at the half, but went cuckoo crazy after the first six minutes of the third, blowing things wide open with a 23-6 run to take a 67-40 lead. Utah went scoreless for 5:19 of the quarter as the Hawks extended the lead to 32 points, and Utah coach Jerry Sloan replaced his starting lineup.
  • The Hawks limited Utah to 36.1 FG shooting at the half - the worst by an opponent this year.
  • Atlanta begins a four-game road stint Saturday when they meet the Chicago Bulls at the United Center (8 pm, 790 AM, FSSO HD). The Hawks return to home action on Dec. 29 vs. Cleveland (7 pm).

Josh Smith

MIN
FGM-A
3PM-A
FTM-A
27:28*
6-9
0-0
4-7

AST
REB
STL/BLK
PTS
5
8
5/2
16
*Did not play 4th quarter

Honorable Mention
Joe Johnson - 12 pts, 9 reb, 7 assists

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- Ho Hum. Another night at the Highlight Factory, another 30 point lead. Don't let the FINAL score fool you. The Hawks won by 13, but the Jazz had to win the fourth quarter by 17 to make it LOOK respectable.

- Seriously though, the Hawks are playing well right now. Yes, the Jazz had an off-night too, but give Atlanta's defense (especially J-Smoove) some credit for that. The only negative thing about seeing the starters riding the pine so much during this homestand is that their numbers don't reflect how well they have played. Both Smoove and Joe Johnson could have had triple-doubles tonight if they would have played 35-40 minutes instead of 27:30.

- "The Wingmen" (See this week's feature from Lang Whitaker) were not quite as impressive as they have been recently, but the dominant play from the starters may have given them reason to relax.

- Atlanta's frontline was especially impressive tonight, with Marvin, Horford and Josh combining for 43 points on 18-of-26 shooting. Combine that with Utah's five-minute drought and Bibby' nailing back-to-back 3's and you get a 81-51 score after three quarters.