National Basketball Association
Utah 116, Atlanta 92
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, January 15, 2021
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
#14 Ed Malloy, #60 James Williams, #64 Justin Van Duyne
Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points as the Utah Jazz returned from a long Eastern road trip to beat the visiting Atlanta Hawks 116-92 on Friday night in Salt Lake City.
Mitchell connected on 10 of 20 field-goal attempts, including 6 of 10 from 3-point range, and played just 27 minutes while boosting Utah to a fourth straight victory. The first three wins in the streak came as part of the Jazz's 4-2 trip.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17 points, Jordan Clarkson fired in 16 off the bench and Rudy Gobert contributed 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots as Utah improved to 2-2 at home this season.
Cam Reddish led Atlanta with 20 points, but Hawks star Trae Young managed only four points on 1 of 10 shooting. Atlanta lost for the fifth time in six outings.
Both teams had games postponed on Wednesday -- Utah at Washington and Atlanta at Phoenix -- because of the NBA's COVID-19 contact-tracing protocol.
The Jazz seized a 10-2 lead thanks to eight quick points by Mike Conley, who finished with 15 points and eight assists. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Mitchell and Bogdanovic followed by a Gobert dunk pushed the lead to 18-4.
Atlanta fired back with a 9-0 run to pull within 19-15, taking advantage of nine straight misses by Utah.
Derrick Favors ended that drought with a dunk, and the Jazz led 33-23 after the first quarter.
Utah took a 61-46 lead into the halftime behind 20 points from Mitchell.
After being outscored 16-6 going into break, the Hawks burst out of the locker room with an 11-0 run to get within four points.
Utah rebuilt its 16-point lead in the third quarter only to see Atlanta respond with an eight-point streak. The Jazz took a timeout after which Clarkson nailed a trey and Conley scored inside for an 87-74 lead after three quarters.
Utah surged to a 103-74 advantage by opening the fourth on a 16-0 run, increasing the run to 21 consecutive point overall.
Atlanta forward Onyeka Okongwu, the sixth pick of the 2020 draft, made his NBA debut after missing the opening 10 games of the season due to a toe injury. He finished with four points and five rebounds in 14 minutes.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Cam Reddish 20
Donovan Mitchell 26
Trae Young 7
Mike Conley 8
Clint Capela 11
Rudy Gobert 13
Brandon Goodwin 4
||Free Throws Made
Mike Conley 3
John Collins 2
Mike Conley 4
Trae Young 1
Rudy Gobert 4
Team Stats Summary
Utah will play their next game on the road against Denver. The Jazz have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .750 after a loss.
Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Portland. The Hawks have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .400 after a loss.