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Johnson, Hawks beat Jazz for first time in five years

POSTED: December 29, 2007 5:02 a.m.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks overcame foul trouble, Carlos Boozer and five years of losing to the Utah Jazz for a 116-111 win Monday night.

Boozer scored a season-high 39 points and had 12 rebounds for Utah, but Joe Johnson scored 26 points to help Atlanta end a nine-game losing streak against the Jazz.

Utah, which lost to Atlanta for the first time since Oct. 31, 2002, fell to 5-10 on the road this season, including six straight losses away from Salt Lake City.

Marvin Williams scored 21 points and Josh Smith had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta. Al Horford and Anthony Johnson each had 17 points — and Johnson added 14 assists.

A jam by Horford gave the Hawks a 110-100 lead with 2:09 left, but Atlanta had to withstand a comeback attempt.

Deron Williams, who had 14 points and 10 assists, made two of three free throws with 17 seconds left to cut the lead to 113-108.

C.J. Miles hit a 3-pointer with 14.4 seconds left, cutting the lead to 114-111. Ronnie Brewer, who had 19 points, stole Altanta’s inbounds pass, but Miles missed a 26-foot jumper.

Zaza Pachulia made one of two free throws for a 115-111 lead with 3 seconds left.

Boozer fouled out with 2 seconds left to finish two points shy of matching his career high of 41 points set against Washington last March. Andrei Kirilenko scored 16 points for Utah.

The Hawks (12-12) moved to .500 for the third time this season.

Utah, which ended a six-game losing streak with a win over Seattle on Saturday, has lost seven of eight.

The teams combined for 92 free throws. Atlanta made 36 of 50 and Utah was 29 of 42.



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