How the game was won: Paul Millsap brutalized his former team with season highs of 30 points and 17 rebounds, and Kyle Korver nailed a 3-pointer over Atlanta native Derrick Favors with 58 seconds left in the game to give the short-staffed Hawks the lead for good on the way to their third straight win.
The Hawks closed the game on an 11-0 run to sew up their seventh straight win over Utah, and mask a couple of ugly defensive stretches.
Turning point: Atlanta trailed 97-89 after Alec Burks scored on a jumper with 4:34 left, but Utah did not score again.
Atlanta took the lead for good (there were 18 lead changes) when Korver found himself with a mismatch of sorts as Favors was the only Utah player near him and he fired away from about five feet beyond the arc.
That splash was good for a 98-97 lead, and the Hawks were on the way to winning without starting forward DeMarre Carroll (groin) or sub Mike Scott (back).
Number: +16 – Korver (17 points) added a season-high 10 rebounds as the Hawks leaned heavily on a 46-30 rebounding edge.
Next: The Hawks will play host to the LeBron James-less Heat Friday before playing the very next night in Cleveland against James and the Cavs.
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