Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/18

Game 1: Friday, December 18th
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Hawks96
Game 2: Monday, February 22nd
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Jazz 83

(15-11, 4-7 away)

Hawks 96

(19-6, 12-2 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    7:30 PM ET, December 18, 2009

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 18 16 17 3283
    ATL 22 22 37 1596

    Top Performers

    Utah: E. Maynor 11 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Atlanta: J. Smith 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 5 Stl, 2 Blk

    Hawks ride 30-6 run to sixth consecutive victory

    Associated Press

    ATLANTA -- Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford is getting the same feeling he had while helping Florida win two straight national titles.

    "We've started to develop that killer instinct," said Horford, who won two NCAA championships with the Gators in 2006 and '07. "We definitely had it at Florida, and we're getting it here."

    Fast Facts

    • The Hawks extended their win streak to six games.

    • Jazz guard Deron Williams was held to two points on 1 of 8 shooting. He also had four assists.

    • Utah dropped to 1-1 on its five-game road trip.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    Josh Smith scored 16 points, Marvin Williams added 15 and the Hawks won their sixth straight game with a 96-83 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

    Horford and Joe Johnson each finished with 12 points as Hawks coach Mike Woodson rested his starters in the fourth quarter. Atlanta improved to 12-2 at home, best in the Eastern Conference.

    "This shows we are growing as a team," Horford said after going 6 for 7 from the field and pulling down nine rebounds. "We're not taking anything for granted. That's the way we want to do it."

    Utah coach Jerry Sloan pulled his starters after they were outscored 23-6 to begin the third quarter. Though Wesley Matthews later returned in the fourth, he had combined with Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur, Carlos Boozer and Ronnie Brewer to go 8 for 33 from the field when Sloan sat them down.

    "We apologize to all the fans," Williams said. "We played like crap. I played like crap. I think more than anything, their length hurt us. They just took us out of our rhythm. I'm glad we get to play tomorrow [at Charlotte]."

    Atlanta's winning streak is its longest since it ran off seven straight victories March 7-19, 2009.

    The Jazz cut the lead to 10 on Andrei Kirilenko's eight-foot fadeaway in the final minute of the second. Utah, which endured a 5:19 stretch of the third without a field goal and finished the game with 23 turnovers, was never closer than 11 after Okur's two free throws made it 49-38 early in the quarter.

    "Whatever their scheme was [it] worked," Boozer said. "I think it went from a 10-point game to a 20-point game in, it seems, like seconds."

    Kirilenko led the Jazz with 13 points. Matthews and Eric Maynor each had 11 as Utah dropped to 4-7 on the road.

    The Hawks never trailed after Williams' 3-pointer made it 9-6 early in first quarter.

    "They were terrific," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said of the Hawks. "They did everything they had to do. We got caught up in wanting to score. We had eight assists the first half. We couldn't shoot it fast enough. And far enough. They just kicked our butts from the jump."

    Sloan has no plans to watch any tape of his team's performance.

    "No," he said. "I saw enough of it."

    Woodson hopes his players maintain momentum when the Hawks visit Chicago on Saturday.

    "We're just playing good basketball," the Atlanta coach said. "We beat a great team tonight and we did it on the defensive end. I thought the third quarter was probably as good a third quarter as we've played since I've been here."

    Game notes


    Williams, who helped Illinois advance to the 2005 national title game, was planning to meet with his former coach, Bruce Weber, and Illini players who were in town for a game against Georgia on Saturday. ... Injured Jazz F Matt Harpring, who is out this season and might retire with multiple injuries, worked as a color commentator for Utah's television network. Harpring is an Atlanta native and former Georgia Tech standout.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTAH
    ATL
    Points 83 96
    FGM-FGA 30-70 (.429) 37-83 (.446)
    3PM-3PA 2-10 (.200) 6-20 (.300)
    FTM-FTA 21-33 (.636) 16-25 (.640)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-44 9-39
    Assists 24 26
    Turnovers 24 13
    Steals 8 13
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 16 29
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 32

    Top Performers

    Utah
    Atlanta
    Eric Maynor Maynor
    Points: 11
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Josh Smith Smith
    Points: 16
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 2