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Okur, strong start spurs Jazz to fifth straight win

SALT LAKE CITY -- For once, the Utah Jazz didn't have to
rely on Mehmet Okur making a clutch shot at the end.

Okur was resting as the rest of the Jazz finished a 102-76 win
over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

Okur is still recovering from a stomach bug and didn't play in
the fourth quarter, but still scored 19 points. Andrei Kirilenko,
who has been hampered by back spasms, added 11 points, four blocks
and four assists as the Jazz won their fifth in a row.

Utah is 5-1 since Carlos Boozer went out with a small break in
his left leg, getting contributions from nearly everyone in the
lineup.

We need everybody out there. We can't continue to survive with
guys playing so-so and then having guys out of the lineup," Jazz
coach Jerry Sloan said. "We're just not that good."

Deron Williams added nine assists and Derek Fisher scored 14 for
the Jazz, who are on their longest winning streak since they won
eight in a row in November while opening the season 12-1. And after
needing some late rallies in the previous four games, this one was
just about over early in the second half.

Utah outrebounded Atlanta 52-32 and the Jazz went 32-for-36 from
the foul line.

"It definitely feels good to get one by a large margin. We
haven't had a blowout for a while," Williams said. "It felt good
to get some rest and get some guys some minutes."

The Hawks had won five straight on the road, beating the
Warriors 106-105 Sunday night in Oakland, but they had very little
left for the Jazz.

Atlanta was just 4-for-17 in the opening quarter and was down by
12 before the end of the first period. By the fourth, it was just a
battle of the reserves as the Jazz beat the Hawks for the ninth
straight time.

Marvin Williams led Atlanta with 15 points. Williams also got a
bloody nose when he took a forearm by Utah's Rafael Araujo early in
the fourth quarter, which resulted in Araujo getting ejected and
Atlanta's Josh Smith getting a technical as Williams remained down
in the lane.

"I feel like he came straight for my face," said Williams, who
also took a hard shot from Araujo during the summer league in July.
"In the NBA, there's always hard fouls taken, but I really think
it's crossing the line when you start taking shots at somebody's
head."

After Araujo left to a standing ovation from the Jazz fans, both
coaches pulled their starters before anybody else could get hurt or
in trouble before the All-Star break.

Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said Araujo should be suspended.

"It's unacceptable. You can't do that," Woodson said. "The
league will have a chance to see it and they'll make a decision
from there."

Joe Johnson added 14 points and Smith and Zaza Pachulia scored
10 each for the Hawks.

Paul Millsap had 13 points and nine rebounds and
Matt Harpring
finished with 11 points and eight boards. Gordan Giricek added 10
points for the Jazz.

Utah closed the first half with a 10-3 run and led 50-32 at
halftime. The Hawks didn't make much of a run early in the third
quarter and the Jazz pulled away in the final few minutes. Fisher
and Okur hit back-to-back layups to start an 11-1 run, which also
included a 3-pointer and long jumper by Giricek.

The Hawks were scoreless from Marvin Williams' free throw with
4:58 left in the third to Josh Childress' layup with 2:34 remaining
in the period.

By the end of the third, the Jazz were up 79-50 and had most of
their starters resting on the bench.

"Our team didn't come to compete tonight," Woodson said. "We
were a non-factor from beginning to end."

Game notes
Atlanta has lost 13 straight visits to Utah since beating
the Jazz on Feb. 13, 1993. ... The Hawks hadn't lost on the road
since Jan. 23 at Chicago, 94-86.