Johnson shoots Hawks over JazzJan 6, 2011 - 5:32 AM Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson made a season-high five three-pointers en route to 28 points, as the Atlanta Hawks dominated the Utah Jazz, 110-87, at EnergySolutions Arena.
Jamal Crawford added 26 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Hawks, who finished a four-game road trip with a 3-1 mark. Al Horford donated 18 points and eight boards in the victory.
Deron Williams tallied 19 points and nine assists for the Jazz, who ended a three-game homestand with a 1-2 record. Andrei Kirilenko scored 19 points and pulled down six rebounds.
Utah was without forward Paul Millsap (hip) and center Mehmet Okur (lower back strain).
With the score tied at 3-3 early on, Atlanta took control with a 17-3 run. Josh Smith, Johnson and Crawford each made three-pointers during the surge to build a 20-6 lead with 5:18 to go.
The Hawks scored the final six points of the first quarter for a 30-17 margin.
"It's a tribute to a lot of hard work we've been putting in and the focus and intensity we need on back-to-back [games] coming into a hostile environment like tonight, knowing that we really had no room for error and that we had to get off to a fast start," Johnson said.
A tight second period ended with Crawford making a half-court shot at the buzzer for a 55-41 lead.
Holding a 72-62 edge with under 4 1/2 minutes to go in the third, Atlanta put together a 9-2 flurry. Maurice Evans and Crawford each made three-pointers during the run that Smith capped with a three-point play for an 81-64 lead.
The Hawks took an 86-69 advantage into the fourth and never looked back.
"I think Atlanta played great tonight," admitted Kirilenko. "They made every shot, especially in the second half. We tried to stop them, but they were good at keeping their composure and executing their offense."
The Jazz beat the Hawks, 90-86, on November 12...Atlanta made 50.6 percent of its shots, while Utah shot 39.4 percent from the field...The Hawks made 14- of-25 three-pointers, while the Jazz went 7-of-14 from beyond the arc...Evans had 13 points off the bench...Al Jefferson ended with 13 points and seven rebounds for Utah.
- ATLANTA: 110
Jan 5 11:18 PM
- ATLANTA: 86
End of 3rd
Jan 5 10:45 PM
- ATLANTA: 55
Jan 5 10:07 PM
- ATLANTA: 30
End of 1st
Jan 5 9:34 PM
- ATLANTA: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
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