Johnson with 31 as Hawks beat Utah

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday March 11, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) -- Joe Johnson scored 31 points and Josh Smith had 22 points and 12 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks end Utah's 12-game winning streak with a 100-93 victory over the Jazz on Wednesday night.

After Mehmet Okur's 20-footer gave Utah an 87-85 lead with 5:02 remaining, the Jazz failed to score field goal.

The Hawks, who ended Cleveland's 11-game winning streak on Dec. 13, led until Okur's straightaway 3-pointer put Utah up 62-60 at the 4:44 mark of the third quarter. Atlanta has won three straight.

Flip Murray scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Hawks. Smith ended the scoring with a pair of free throws with 24.3 seconds remaining. Deron Williams led the Jazz with 20 points and nine assists.

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