Former Utah Jazz players DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap combined for 60 points against their old team to help lift their new Atlanta Hawks squad to a 112-110 victory Monday night.
Korver led the trio with 26 points, while Millsap poured in 23 and Carroll chipped in with 11.
The sharpshooting Korver finished 8-of-12 shooting in the game, including a perfect 4-for-4 mark from the perimeter and also went 6-for-6 from the foul line. His stint with the Jazz lasted from 2007-10, During those years he played alongside Millsap, who was in his second season in ’07, and current Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams. In his final season with Utah, Korver averaged a career-low 7.8 points per game, but posted career-highs in both field goal percentage (49.3%) and three-point percentage (53.6%), while setting a new NBA record for highest three-point percentage in a single season.
Millsap was huge in his first return to Utah. Along with his 23 points, he added eight rebounds, three steals, one block and one steal. Millsap was with the Jazz his entire seven-year NBA career prior to signing with the Hawks last summer as a free agent. The first-time All-Star had a couple of nice plays on the night, most notably a ferocious one-handed putback slam dunk off a missed shot in the opening minutes of the game, and also showed his old team an improved skill set, knocking down two 3-pointers.
Carroll, who was also making his first return back to Utah since last summer, had a quietly great game (as usual) going 3-of-5 from the perimeter and finishing 4-of-7 from the field overall, while adding six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block to his stat line. Carroll was with the Jazz the past 18 months, along with Millsap. Both of them signed with Atlanta as free agents last summer.
Atlanta’s much-needed triumph over Utah snapped two separate losing streaks — a span of 10 straight road losses and a six-game skid overall. They had dropped 14 of their last 15 contests before Monday’s victory. Their only win in that stretch came in a home game against the New York Knicks on Feb. 22, which had at the time snapped a season-high eight-game losing streak.
The Hawks will try to carry over Monday’s momentum into Thursday’s home game against the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the worst record in the NBA at 13-51