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After winning wire-to-wire against the Orlando Magic on Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks lost wire-to-wire against the Utah Jazz on Monday. Gordon Hayward led all scorers with 30 points while Georgia native Derrick Favors scored a season high 20 points on 10-of-12 shooting. The Hawks were led by Dennis Schröder’s 21 points.
Utah’s third quarter
The Hawks did a decent job recovering from a 17 point deficit in the second quarter, cutting the lead to just two points at one stage before heading into the locker room trailing by four points. The Hawks trailed by just three points (65-62) with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter but a 20-4 run by the Jazz really set the two teams apart as the Jazz shot 80% (nope, not a misprint 80%) in the third quarter for 37 points. The Jazz eventually hung 120 points on the Hawks on 61% shooting. As you could imagine, this left coach Bud most displeased.
“The offensive execution, the ball movement, everything Utah did was very good. A lot of credit to them. We give up 61-percent, 120 points. It’s just not the defense we were expecting, the defense that put us in a position to have a decent stretch of games. It starts and stops with 120 and 61-percent. It’s not good enough.” — Coach Mike Budenholzer
It seemed as though the Hawks were due for a letdown loss and this was it. Half of the roster were in Houston for Super Bowl 51 on Sunday night and that seemed to be a factor in this game, the Hawks were a little sluggish out of the gate. However, according to Bud, that wasn’t an issue the morning of the game: