Saturday, May 30, 2009
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ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks overcame foul trouble, Carlos Boozer and five years of losing to the Utah Jazz for a 116-111 win Monday night.Boozer scored a season-high 39 points and had 12 rebounds for Utah, but Joe Johnson scored 26 points to help Atlanta end a nine-game losing streak against the Jazz.Utah, which lost to Atlanta for the first time since Oct. 31, 2002, fell to 5-10 on the road this season, including six straight losses away from Salt Lake City.Marvin Williams scored 21 points, and Josh Smith had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta. Al Horford and Anthony Johnson each had 17 points - and Johnson added 14 assists.A jam by Horford gave the Hawks a 110-100 lead with 2:09 left, but Atlanta had to withstand a comeback attempt.Deron Williams, who had 14 points and 10 assists, made two of three free throws with 17 seconds left to cut the lead to 113-108.C.J. Miles hit a 3-pointer with 14.4 seconds left, cutting the lead to 114-111. Ronnie Brewer, who had 19 points, stole Atlanta's inbounds pass, but Miles missed a 26-foot jumper.Zaza Pachulia made one of two free throws for a 115-111 lead with 3 seconds left.Boozer fouled out with 2 seconds left to finish two points shy of matching his career high of 41 points set against Washington last March. Andrei Kirilenko scored 16 points for Utah.The Hawks (12-12) moved to .500 for the third time this season.Utah, which ended a six-game losing streak with a win over Seattle on Saturday, has lost seven of eight.The teams combined for 92 free throws. Atlanta made 36 of 50 and Utah was 29 of 42.Foul troubles were a concern for the Hawks, who had only nine players in uniform. Smith, Pachulia and Mario West entered the fourth quarter with four fouls.Smith left the game with his fifth foul with 8:14 left. Al Horford, who had to guard Boozer most of the night, was assessed his fifth with 4:12 left.The Hawks stayed close in the first half, when there were 10 ties and six lead changes.Utah appeared to be on the verge of putting the game away in the third quarter after a modest 53-31 halftime lead.Hawks coach Mike Woodson called a timeout after a basket by Boozer gave Utah a 66-57 lead, but the Hawks came out of the timeout with a 10-0 run to regain the lead.How long ago was that last win over the Jazz for Atlanta? Glenn Robinson, now a distant memory for Hawks fans, led Atlanta with 20 points in the win.Notes: Smith had four fouls in the third quarter. ... Hawks C Lorenzen Wright missed the game with flu-like symptoms. ... Utah's F Matt Harpring was tested in Utah for gastric distress Monday and is expected to meet the team for its game in Charlotte on Wednesday, pending the outcome of the tests. ... Miles had 10 points off Utah's bench.