National Basketball Association
Atlanta 117, Utah 114
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, March 21, 2019
Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
#44 Brett Nansel, #15 Zach Zarba, #34 Kevin Cutler
Rookie Trae Young scored 23 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 1:47 remaining, and the Atlanta Hawks hung on to beat the visiting Utah Jazz 117-114 on Thursday.
Atlanta's Dewayne Dedmon made a free throw with 6.2 seconds left to give the Hawks a 117-114 lead. Utah's Kyle Korver then missed two free throws, the second on purpose, and Donovan Mitchell missed a 3-pointer that was rebounded by Atlanta's Kent Bazemore as the clock expired.
The win broke Atlanta's three-game losing streak and snapped Utah's five-game winning streak. The teams split their two-game series.
Young gave the Hawks the lead for good when he scored on a layup and made the free throw for a 112-110 margin. He added 11 assists for his 26th double-double of the season.
Dedmon, who made 3 of 4 free throws in the final 19 seconds, finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. John Collins, hampered by foul trouble for the third straight game, was limited to nine points and eight rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Utah, playing the second half of a back-to-back road series, got 34 points from Mitchell, his second straight 30-point game. Ricky Rubio scored 17 points, Derrick Favors added 15 points and 15 rebounds and Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Hawks avoided the first-half slump that has cost them dearly in the last three games, all losses. They led the Jazz 29-28 and grabbed a double-digit advantage with 4:28 left in the second quarter on Dedmon's basket. Atlanta had its biggest lead at the break when Young beat the defense downcourt to score on a layup with 1.9 seconds left that made it 65-54 at halftime.
Utah seized the momentum after the break by scoring the first nine points. The Jazz outscored the Hawks 17-6 and tied the score 71-71 at 6:49 on a three-point play by Rubio. Utah outscored Atlanta 11-2 and held an 82-73 lead after Mitchell's basket with 3:58 left. Utah wound up with a 91-86 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Atlanta will complete its three-game homestand on Saturday against Philadelphia. Utah completes its four-game road trip with a visit to Chicago on Saturday.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Donovan Mitchell 34
Trae Young 23
Joe Ingles 7
Trae Young 11
Derrick Favors 15
Dewayne Dedmon 9
Rudy Gobert 4
||Free Throws Made
Trae Young 6
Derrick Favors 2
Taurean Prince 3
Donovan Mitchell 2
Dewayne Dedmon 3
Team Stats Summary
Atlanta will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Hawks have a W/L % of .292 after a win and .367 after a loss.
Utah will play their next game on the road against Chicago. The Jazz have a W/L % of .558 after a win and .621 after a loss.