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The Atlanta Hawks stormed back from 15 points down in the third quarter to defeat the Utah Jazz 103-95 and snapped a four-game losing streak in the process.
The Atlanta Hawks needed a spark and Devin Harris was there to provide it. Harris, in his second game back from a foot injury, returned to the starting lineup and led Atlanta to a 103-95 come from behind win over the Utah Jazz. Harris finished with a game-high 24 points and five assists and led Atlanta's assault on the Jazz in the fourth quarter.
Atlanta fell behind early as Utah took a 47-43 lead into halftime. The lead quickly ballooned into double figures in the third quarter as Paul Milsap and Al Jefferson went to work on the Hawks. Utah led 75-60 with 3:28 to go in the third. From there Atlanta's second unit began chipping and an 8-1 run by the Hawks pulled them to within 76-68 at the end of the third.
The Hawks kept the pressure on in the fourth. Harris tied the game at 85-85 with a three with 5:45 remaining. The lead continued to see-saw back and forth until Harris connected to Ivan Johnson on a cross court baseball pass for a lay in to put Atlanta up 96-94. Jamal Tinsley pulled Utah to within one with a free throw on the next possession before Josh Smith put Atlanta up 98-95 with a fadeaway jumper. Lou Williams three with 29 seconds remaining put the Hawks up 101-95 and sealed the win.
Harris played over 35 minutes and was 7-8 from the field and 4-5 from beyond the arc. Josh Smith logged a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and a team-high six assists. Lou Williams, Ivan Johnson and Zaza Pachulia combined to score 39 points off the Hawks' bench. Atlanta's bench outscored Utah's bench 42-16 in the game.
Randy Foye scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in the first quarter. Al Jefferson added 23 points and 10 rebounds while Paul Milsap chipped in 20 points and 13 boards.
The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Hawks who have now trailed by double figures in each of the last five games. They were able to find an offensive rhythm for the first time in over a week shooting 55 percent from the field and totaling 24 assists.
The Hawks won't get to enjoy the victory for long as they are right back at it on Saturday when they will take on the Washington Wizards. John Wall is scheduled to make his season debut as he returns from a knee injury.
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