Happy Homecoming For Korver, Millsap and Carroll
Kyle Korver had a game-high 26 points, Paul Millsap added 23 and DeMarre Carroll finished with 11 as the three former Jazz players led their current team, the Atlanta Hawks, to a much-needed 112-110 win in Utah Monday.
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The win is just Atlanta’s second in 16 games, but it moves their record to 1-1 in the two games since the modified starting lineup of Jeff Teague, Korver, Carroll, Millsap and Pero Antic returned to full health. The loss was by one point on the road against a title contender in the Clippers, so it’s safe to say the Hawks are back to being competitive again.
Atlanta’s record improved to 5-4 overall when that combination starts.
Korver (8-12) and Millsap (7-14) shot the ball extremely well as the Hawks’ offense was in high gear once again. Even though the focus was on the three Jazzmen, it’s perhaps Antic’ return from injury that has sparked the improvement most. The Hawks are now able to stretch the floor in ways they haven’t been able to for the past six weeks, which has opened up all kinds of options. Antic is 5-11 from three since returning to the starting lineup and leads all rookies in long-distance percentage.
Coach Bud now has the luxury of using a true “second unit” again, and actually went 11 deep tonight as Mike Muscala saw some second quarter action.
The Hawks Monday began a stretch of five games against opponents with losing records over their next six. Atlanta needs to hold off Detroit, Cleveland and hard-charging New York for the final playoff spot.
Yes, the defense still needs work, but it’s good to see the regulars back.
Tweet of the Night
@ATLHawks win!!!!!!!!! Coming back home with a win is huge for our next game!
— Eighty 8 (@88over86) March 11, 2014
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