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Jazz win fourth straight beating Hawks 90-86

By Tom Saladino, for Associated Press | Posted - Nov. 12, 2010 at 8:38 p.m.


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ATLANTA (AP) -- Paul Millsap hit a corner jumper with 1:20 to play and the Utah Jazz came back from a double-digit, second-half deficit for the fourth consecutive game to beat the Atlanta Hawks 90-86 on Friday night.

The Hawks have lost four straight, including three at home, after winning their first six.

Atlanta led 74-63 with 36 seconds gone in the fourth period before the Jazz put together a 15-4 run to tie it at 78 with 6:43 left on a 3-point basket by Andrei Kirilenko.

Millsap's basket put Utah up 88-86 and the Hawks still had a chance when Josh Smith rebounded Millsap's miss with 14.7 seconds remaining, but Al Horford, fouled with 7.3 seconds left, missed both shots and Utah rebounded.

Deron Williams, who led the Jazz with 24 points and 10 assists, was fouled with 6.4 seconds left and converted both to wrap up the game.

The Hawks were leading 86-81 on a pair of free throws by Smith with 3:34 left. Utah, however, got a three-point play from Millsap with 3:19 left and Williams tied it at 84 on a jumper with 1:56 left.

Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 23 points. Smith added 20 points and 13 rebounds.

In Utah's previous three games, the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-107 in double-overtime at home after trailing by 16 points at the half.

The Jazz then went on the road and overcame double-digit deficits on Tuesday and Wednesday at Miami and Orlando. After a 22-point comeback to win 116-114 in overtime at Miami, the Jazz fell behind by 18 in the third quarter against Orlando before winning 104-94.

The Hawks led 45-42 at the half, with Johnson scoring Atlanta's final eight points and 14 total in the half.

Notes: Atlanta F Marvin Williams, who missed four games with a right knee injury, started. Teammate Maurice Evans, who hasn't played since the season opener due to a sore right knee, also played. ... Deron Williams and Smith each had 11 points in the third period.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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