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Al Horford scored a career-high 34 points while Josh Smith nearly put up a triple double as the Atlanta Hawks extended their winning streak with a 102-91 win over the Utah Jazz.
The Atlanta Hawks improve to 3-0 on their current six-game road trip with a 102-91 win over the Utah Jazz. Atlanta got big games from their big three of Al Horford, Josh Smith and Jeff Teague to pull off another road win and extend their winning streak in the process.
Atlanta jumped out to an early 30-25 lead and extended that to 56-48 at the half. If Larry Drew was worried about how the Hawks might respond to the high altitude of Salt Lake City then he had to be happy to see the Hawks grab the early lead. Atlanta poured it on in the third scoring the first six points of the quarter and extending the lead to 14. The Hawks would continue to push and the lead would grow to as many as 20 points in the third. By the time the Jazz made a run in the fourth it was all but too late.
Horford owned the fourth but he had plenty of help in building the lead. Josh Smith did a lot of everything finishing with 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Jeff Teague added 19 points and seven assists of his own to continue his string of excellent play. Devin Harris got the start on Wednesday and finished with 12 points. Both Teague and Harris played a huge part in Atlanta's 20-7 advantage in fast break points.
Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 26 points and 11 rebounds while Derrick Favors started for the injured Paul Millsap and finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Randy Foye and Gordon Hayward finished with 11 points each while former Hawks forward Marvin Williams scored eight in his first game against his former club.
Utah out rebounded Atlanta 47-38 but the Hawks scored 54 points in the paint and went 21-26 from the free throw line which helped offset an unusually cold night of shooting from three-point range where they finished just 5-18.
The win improves the Hawks to 33-23 on the season and extends their road winning streak to a season-best five games. Atlanta has three games left on its current trip with stops in Phoenix, L.A. and Denver remaining. Atlanta will enjoy an off day on Thursday before taking on the Suns Friday night.