ATLANTA — The Utah Jazz played and played and played and played — and then played some more tonight at Philips Arena.
For the first time in franchise history, the Jazz slugged it out for 48 minutes of regulation and four five-minute extra sessions.
After this drawn-out heartbreaker, the organization hopes to never see another quadruple-overtime game.
The Jazz blew a slew of opportunities to win this road-trip opener before finally falling — almost literally — to the Hawks by the score of 139-133 after 68 actual minutes of hoops.
Joe Johnson led the Hawks to the win with 37 points, including a game-clinching jumper that put Atlanta up by four with 16.9 remaining in the fourth OT.
All five Jazz starters logged 50 minutes or more, led by Gordon Hayward's 57-minute effort.
Al Jefferson (28 points) and Paul Millsap (25 points) fouled out early in the fourth OT with a combined 104 minutes.
Millsap had a chance to win the game in regulation, but his short shot rimmed off. The Jazz then thought Millsap was fouled on a missed dunk attempt late in the first overtime.
Devin Harris' game-winning attempt was off in the second overtime, and that came 15 seconds after he'd given the Jazz a short-lived three-point lead that Joe Johnson erased with a trey.
Millsap grabbed an offensive reboundhad yet another chance to win it in triple OT, but his jumper at the buzzer bounced away.
The Jazz, who overcame a 17-point lead, travel to New Jersey tonight for a Monday match-up with the Nets and former Utah players Deron Williams, Kris Humphries, DeShawn Stevenson and Sundiata Gaines.
ATLANTA — Halfway into the game against the Atlanta Hawks, the Utah Jazz look nothing like the team that won six in a row.
So far, the Jazz only have four assists and are shooting just 34.1 percent. On the other end of the court, they're lacking energy and effectiveness on defense.
Not surprisingly, the Jazz find themselves behind, 55-40 to the Hawks.
Joe Johnson and Josh Smith have taken turns torching the Jazz defense.
Johnson scored 18 points in the first quarter to get Atlanta off to a great start, and Smith added 10 of his 15 points in the second quarter.
Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Alec Burks each have eight points for Utah.
The Jazz (26-22) are in the first contest of a three-game road trip, which also includes stops in New Jersey on Monday and Boston on Wednesday.
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