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Okur, strong start spurs Jazz to fifth straight win

Okur, strong start spurs Jazz to fifth straight win



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Mehmet Okur had 19 points and six rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter and the Utah Jazz won their fifth in a row, beating the Atlanta Hawks 102-76 Monday night.

Deron Williams added nine assists and Andrei Kirilenko had 11 points and four blocks for the Jazz, who are on their longest winning streak since eight in a row in November while opening the season 12-1.

The Hawks had won five straight on the road, beating the Warriors 106-105 Sunday night in Oakland, but they had very little left for the Jazz.

Atlanta was just 4-for-17 in the opening quarter and was down by 12 before the end of the first period. By the fourth, it was just a battle of the reserves as the Jazz beat the Hawks for the ninth straight time.

Utah outrebounded Atlanta 52-32 and the Jazz went 32-for-36 from the foul line.

Marvin Williams led Atlanta with 15 points. Williams also got a bloody nose when he took a forearm by Utah's Rafael Araujo early in the fourth quarter, which resulted in Araujo getting ejected and Atlanta's Josh Smith getting a technical as Williams remained down in the lane.

After Araujo left to a standing ovation from the Jazz fans, both coaches pulled their starters before anybody else could get hurt or in trouble before the All-Star break.

Joe Johnson added 14 points and Smith and Zaza Pachulia scored 10 each for the Hawks.

Matt Harpring had 11 points and eight rebounds and Paul Millsap finished with 13 points and nine boards. Gordan Giricek added 10 points for the Jazz.

Utah closed the first half with a 10-3 run and led 50-32 at halftime. The Hawks didn't make much of a run early in the third quarter and the Jazz pulled away in the final few minutes. Fisher and Okur hit back-to-back layups to start an 11-1 run, which also included a 3-pointer and long jumper by Giricek.

The Hawks were scoreless from Marvin Williams' free throw with 4:58 left in the third to Josh Childress' layup with 2:34 remaining in the period.

By the end of the third, the Jazz were up 79-50 and had most of their starters resting on the bench. The only excitement of the fourth was when Marvin Williams tried to drive on Araujo and took a shot to his face.

Game notes Atlanta has lost 13 straight visits to Utah since beating the Jazz on Feb. 13, 1993. The Hawks' last win in Salt Lake City was on Feb. 13, 1993, when Dominique Wilkins' 43 points led a 121-112 victory. Only three NBA teams have gone longer in terms of time since their last win on the road against a particular team: the Bucks at Phoenix (last win was Feb. 21, 1987; 0-19 since then), the Celtics at San Antonio (last win was Feb. 14, 1990; 0-15 since then), and the Nuggets at Orlando (last win was March 10, 1992; 0-14 since then).... Okur is still recovering from a stomach bug and was able to rest for the final period. ... The Hawks hadn't lost on the road since Jan. 23 at Chicago, 94-86.

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