The Atlanta Hawks won their third straight game on the road after picking up an impressive 91-84 victory against the Utah Jazz last night at the Vivint Smart Home Arena — not to be confused with the C-Viv(int) Smart Home Arena. Terrible pun involving Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, I know. Actually, I saw Bob Rathbun tweet that last night and I just found it amusing and wanted to re-use it. Anyways…
The Hawks were led by Jeff Teague’s 24 points, and Paul Millsap put up 18 points and nine rebounds against his former club. The Jazz, meanwhile, were led by Gordon Hayward’s 22 points, while Derrick Favors and Rodney Hood both added 16 points.
The victory ensures that Hawks’ are guaranteed to have a .500+ record on their five road trip, as this victory puts the Hawks road trip at 3-1 — the only loss coming to Golden State in overtime.
Defensive enforcement continues
Since February 1st, the Hawks have led the entire NBA in defensive rating at 94.7. Their net rating, since February 1st, ranks second in the league at +8.7 — only trailing the 54-10 San Antonio Spurs, whose net rating is +11.9. Last night the Hawks held the Jazz to just 84 points on 34.9% shooting. Over their last six games (including last night’s victory), the Hawks have held their opponents to just 37% from the field.