Hawks resume road trip against Jazz

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Updated: February 27, 2013

The Atlanta Hawks have been perfect on their current road
trip, but will have a harder time of it when they meet the Utah Jazz on
Wednesday night.

The Jazz have a 21-7 home mark and Atlanta is only 14-13 outside the state of
Georgia.

But the Hawks are 2-0 thus far and have won three straight, including a home
victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday. They triumphed in Milwaukee and
in Detroit to start this six-game sojourn, which took a sharp turn west with
Wednesday’s game.

Against the Pistons on Monday, the Hawks dispatched the Pistons, 114-103. It
marked the fourth straight road win and the third straight with over 100
points.

“This being the second game of a six-game road trip, we had an opportunity to
get a win if we played well,” said head coach Larry Drew. “We did a good job
tonight.”

Al Horford was sensational on Monday with 23 points and 22 rebounds. Jeff
Teague added 20 points and 12 assists and Josh Smith had 23 points and seven
rebounds.

Kyle Korver netted 15 points on 5-for-7 3-point shooting. He has now made at
least one 3-pointer in 49 consecutive games, which is the longest streak both
in the NBA at the moment and in Korver’s career.

The Jazz have dropped two straight, including a home defeat Monday, in
overtime, to the Boston Celtics.

“Tough loss. I thought our guys played hard for the most part,” said Jazz
coach Tyrone Corbin. “I’m proud of the fact that our guys continued to
compete.”

The third quarter was rough on the Jazz. They were outscored 32-19, but fought
back with a hodgepodge group of bench players and a few starters to take the
fourth by eight.

Gordon Hayward had a big night off the bench for Utah with 26 points on 7-
for-16 shooting and 4-for-7 3-point shooting. Marvin Williams, Paul Millsap
and Al Jefferson also scored in double figures.

Utah’s defense has been suspect of late. They’ve allowed 100 or more points in
three straight, and after a home game on Friday, head east for four games in
six nights.

Millsap is listed as a game-time decision for Wednesday with a sprained left
ankle.

The Hawks have won three in a row over the Jazz. Atlanta bested Utah at home
earlier this season and has taken the last two meetings in Salt Lake City
after losing the previous 15 games there.