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Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

Johnson carries Hawks in fourth against Jazz

Atlanta earns first victory in Salt Lake City since Feb. 13, 1993

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The last time the Atlanta Hawks celebrated a victory in Salt Lake City, Joe Johnson was a star player in an Arkansas Boys Club grade-school league.

Yep, it's been a while.

Now an NBA All-Star, Johnson scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Hawks win in Utah for the first time in 17 years, beating the short-handed Jazz 105-100 on Monday night.

Atlanta hadn't won in Utah since Feb. 13, 1993, when Dominique Wilkins scored 43 points to lead the Hawks to a 121-112 victory.

"It's about time," Johnson said. "The last time our team won here, I was just a little kid watching Dominique and dreaming I might play in the NBA someday."

The Hawks knew all about the drought.

"The streak was brought to our attention before the game, so we wanted to come out early and establish ourselves," Johnson said. "We wanted to make sure they knew it wasn't going to be the same type of game they are used to seeing out of us."

Johnson made a 3-pointer with 2:28 left that gave Atlanta a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

"Joe hit a big shot in one of our isolations, which we needed," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "Other than that, it was pick-and-rolls down the stretch for us and we really executed well."

Josh Smith added 18 points and Jamal Crawford, who had 17, followed Johnson's long jumper with a steal and two free throws as the Jazz lost for just the third time in 20 games.

A night after a 22-point, 23-rebound effort, Utah forward Carlos Boozer had 12 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high eight assists but missed a couple of late shots and dropped a rebound out of bounds when the Jazz had a chance to tie it in the final minute.

Bucks 83, Knicks 67

In New York, Andrew Bogut had 24 points and 20 rebounds in his third career 20-20 game, and Milwaukee beat the Knicks for its third straight victory.

Limited to just 5 1/2 minutes at Madison Square Garden three weeks ago because of a migraine, Bogut played 36 this time and overwhelmed the Knicks' smaller front line. He shot 12 of 15 from the field in his first 20-20 game since Dec. 13, 2008, against Indiana, according to STATS, LLC.

New York shot 33.8 percent from the field in its season-high seventh straight loss.

Wizards 101, Bulls 95

In Washington, Andray Blatche scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Wizards over Chicago.

Blatche, averaging 25 points in the four games since the trades of Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, helped Washington to its first three-game home winning streak since April 4-12, 2008. He also made all nine of his free throws.

Mavericks 91, Pacers 82

In Dallas, Brendan Haywood tied a career high with 20 rebounds and the Mavericks improved to 4-0 with him as their starting center in a victory over Indiana.

Haywood, who came over from Washington in a Feb. 13 trade, scored 13 points and added three blocks to anchor a defense that was struggling. Dallas has held all five opponents since the trade to less than 100 points after the previous eight broke that mark.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 23 points.

Clippers 98, Bobcats 94

In Los Angeles, Rasual Butler scored 20 points and Chris Kaman had 18 points and 13 rebounds in the Clippers' victory over Charlotte.

Baron Davis was back in uniform for Los Angeles, getting 10 points and 10 assists after missing two games because of a sore lower back. Gerald Wallace had 32 points and 12 rebounds for the Bobcats.



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