The last two months have not been kind to the Atlanta Falcons. Since the start of February, Atlanta has gone just 3-14, taking them from the third seed in the Eastern Conference to the number eighth spot. Fortunately, Atlanta was able to end their six-game losing skid win, besting the Utah Jazz 112-110 last night in their final road game before heading back home.
It was a homecoming of sorts for the Hawks, as starters Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver all previously played for the Jazz before coming to the Hawks. The Jazz organization did a very classy thing for their former players, first by leaving a nice "Welcome Home" note to the players on the team's white board. In addition to the note, there was a nice tribute video for Millsap, who spent his first seven seasons in Utah.
All three former Jazz had a great game as the trio combined to score 60 of the team's 112 points. Korver led all players with 26 points and Millsap was right behind him with 23 as well as eight rebounds. All five Hawks starters scored in double figures. Shelvin Mack was the lone Hawk who did not register a point, but he did contribute six assists.
Atlanta built a comfortable 58-44 lead going into halftime, but a sloppy third quarter in which Atlanta mustered just 19 points compared to Utah's 36, meant Atlanta went into the fourth quarter trailing by two points. The teams traded the lead until Carroll made a 3-point shot with 2:47 remaining to give Atlanta a 99-96 lead, which they never surrendered. Trey Burke made two clutch three point shots of his own in the final minute to keep the game close but Teague was able to hit two clutch free throws at the end to clinch the game for Atlanta.
The Hawks return to Philips Arena and will take on the Milwaukee Bucks this Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30pm EST.