Atlanta Breaks Utah Chokehold

Abused by Boozer, Hawks still eke out first win over Jazz in five years, 116-111
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Dec 17, 2007 10:34 PM CST
Atlanta Hawks Joe Johnson drives on Utah Jazz Ronnie Brewer (9) and Jason Hart, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17 2007, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 116-111. (AP Photo/John...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Hawks beat the Jazz for the first time in five years and ten games, despite Carlos Boozer's bruising 39 points and 12 rebounds. Utah continued its woeful play on the road, dropping its sixth straight to fall to 5-10 outside Salt Lake City limits. The Jazz were particularly inept at the charity stripe, shooting 29 of 42.

The Hawks, however, were hardly better at 36 of 50. Boozer's big night was two points shy of his career record; he fouled out with two seconds left in the game, his team down four. Joe Johnson led four Atlanta double-digit scorers with 26 points; Anthony Johnson had 17 points and 14 assists. His Hawks are back at .500 for the third time.