The Hawks went scoreless for nearly the first three minutes of the game but quickly found a rhythm while the Jazz struggled to get anything going. Atlanta led by as many as 19 points in the first quarter before a late Utah run cut the lead to 31-21 at the conclusion of the first quarter.
Utah's run continued into the second as they cut Atlanta's lead from 19 points down to just three as Atlanta's bench floundered. Jeff Teague came back in and quickly restored order as the Hawks closed the half well and led 57-45 at the break. Atlanta pushed the lead back to 19 in the third as the Jazz struggled to contain the Hawks on the offensive end of the floor.
Things once again got interesting in the fourth as Atlanta's bench continued to struggle. The Jazz outscored the Hawks 24-16 in the period and cut the lead to 91-87 with 3:38 remaining. DeMarre Carroll connected on a long jump shot at the shot clock buzzer on Atlanta's next possession and Teague pushed the lead back to eight with a floater one trip later. The Jazz again cut the lead to just four with 18 seconds remaining but Atlanta made just enough free throws down the stretch to escape with the win.
Teague was magnificent yet again finishing with 26 points, eight assists, three steals and zero turnovers. Paul Millsap added 15 points and 11 rebounds despite an uncharacteristic 2-11 shooting night. Al Horford finished with 13 points while DeMarre Carroll added 10.
Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 18 points on 6-14 shooting. Dante Exum finished with 13 while Rudy Gobert added 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Atlanta's road trip continues on Saturday with a matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.