In a heartbreaking game, the Utah Jazz succumbed to the Atlanta Hawks and to fatigue in the first-ever quadruple overtime in franchise history. Atlanta, in the third of a back-to-back-to-back series, had just enough in the tank to sneak out with the 139-133 victory.
In an unbelievable game full of dramatics, big shots and periods of ineptitude by both teams, Utah and Atlanta battled for 68 minutes, with the Hawks pulling things out in the 67th minute. The Jazz came out flat in the first half, falling behind by as much as 17. A energetic and exciting third quarter brought them back into the fray, with Utah going up by as many as four.
Staggering statistics: With so many storylines, the numbers will help tell the story.
- 272 points total, with 19 ties and 14 lead changes.
- Each team had 64 rebounds.
- There were 233 field goal attempts, with the Jazz shooting just 38.9 percent from the floor (49 of 126). 82 free throws were shot (as 68 fouls were whistled).
- For such a high-scoring affair, only 12 three-pointers were made — six by each squad.
- Remarkably, there were only 20 total turnovers in the game.
- Each team have seven players in double figure scoring, with Joe Johnson pacing all with 37 points.
For Atlanta, three players played over 50 minutes as well. Hawks forward Josh Smith fouled out after just 30 minutes.
Missed opportunities: Utah was lucky enough to have the opportunity to win the game at the end of regulation and the first three overtimes. Here’s the run-down:
- At the end of regulation, Paul Millsap missed a ten-footer at the buzzer.
- Devin Harris missed a long three-pointer at the end of the first overtime.
- After sharpshooter Joe Johnson calmly drained a smooth three-pointer, Devin Harris missed a 20-foot jumper. Harris had made a jumper the play before for Utah, giving the short-lived three-point cushion.
- Once again, Millsap had the ball and shot a heavily contested 18-footer that banged off the rim.
David Smith is providing instant analysis for Deseret News' Utah Jazz coverage this season. He works for LDS Philanthropies and also blogs for the Utah Jazz 360 website. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at davidjsmith1232.