Jazz 102, Hawks 76
Okur was resting as the rest of the Jazz finished a 102-76 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
Okur is still recovering from a stomach bug and didn’t play in the fourth quarter, but still scored 19 points. Andrei Kirilenko, who has been hampered by back spasms, added 11 points, four blocks and four assists as the Jazz won their fifth in a row.
Utah is 5-1 since Carlos Boozer went out with a small break in his left leg, getting contributions from nearly everyone in the lineup.
“We need everybody out there. We can’t continue to survive with guys playing so-so and then having guys out of the lineup,” Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. “We’re just not that good.”
Deron Williams added nine assists and Derek Fisher scored 14 for the Jazz, who are on their longest winning streak since they won eight in a row in November while opening the season 12-1. And after needing some late rallies in the previous four games, this one was just about over early in the second half.
Utah outrebounded Atlanta 52-32 and the Jazz went 32-for-36 from the foul line.
“It definitely feels good to get one by a large margin. We haven’t had a blowout for a while,” Williams said. “It felt good to get some rest and get some guys some minutes.”
The Hawks had won five straight on the road, beating the Warriors 106-105 Sunday night in Oakland, but they had very little left for the Jazz.
Atlanta was just 4-for-17 in the opening quarter and was down by 12 before the end of the first period. By the fourth, it was just a battle of the reserves as the Jazz beat the Hawks for the ninth straight time.
Marvin Williams led Atlanta with 15 points. Williams also got a bloody nose when he took a forearm by Utah’s Rafael Araujo early in the fourth quarter, which resulted in Araujo getting ejected and Atlanta’s Josh Smith getting a technical as Williams remained down in the lane.
“I feel like he came straight for my face,” said Williams, who also took a hard shot from Araujo during the summer league in July. “In the NBA, there’s always hard fouls taken, but I really think it’s crossing the line when you start taking shots at somebody’s head.”
After Araujo left to a standing ovation from the Jazz fans, both coaches pulled their starters before anybody else could get hurt or in trouble before the All-Star break.
Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said Araujo should be suspended.
“It’s unacceptable. You can’t do that,” Woodson said. “The league will have a chance to see it and they’ll make a decision from there.”
Utah closed the first half with a 10-3 run and led 50-32 at halftime. The Hawks didn’t make much of a run early in the third quarter and the Jazz pulled away in the final few minutes. Fisher and Okur hit back-to-back layups to start an 11-1 run, which also included a 3-pointer and long jumper by Giricek.
The Hawks were scoreless from Marvin Williams’ free throw with 4:58 left in the third to Josh Childress’ layup with 2:34 remaining in the period.
By the end of the third, the Jazz were up 79-50 and had most of their starters resting on the bench.
“Our team didn’t come to compete tonight,” Woodson said. “We were a non-factor from beginning to end.”
Atlanta has lost 13 straight visits to Utah since beating the Jazz on Feb. 13, 1993. … The Hawks hadn’t lost on the road since Jan. 23 at Chicago, 94-86.