ATLANTA — Lucky number seven wasn't quite in the works for the Jazz Sunday night in Atlanta. Utah (26-23) saw seven of its players score in double figures in a 139-133 quadruple-overtime defeat against Atlanta (30-20).
Guards: Just one game removed from having arguably his best game of the season, Devin Harris left a lot to be desired in Georgia after shooting just 4-18 from the field. However, C.J. Miles' 17 points means that the seventh-year swingman has scored in double figures in three of the past four games. Hawk point guard Jeff Teague was limited to 4-14 shooting, though he made 10-11 from the charity and had nine assists, 4.5 above his average. GRADE: C
Forwards: Like most NBA forwards, starters Gordon Hayward and Paul Millsap had difficulty keeping up with athletes Joe Johnson and Josh Smith. The Atlanta stars inflicted major hurt, combining for 59 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists. Millsap's 25 points and 13 rebounds were a measure toward providing an equalizer — before fouling out — but Hayward shot just 4-15 from the field. GRADE: C+
Centers: It only took Al Jefferson 27 shot attempts to score 28 points, though he was out-dueled by Zaza Pachulia on the glass, 20-17. Jefferson's rebound tally marked his highest total for the season, though Pachulia's tally certainly exceeded his 7.4 per-game average. GRADE: B+
Bench: The Atlanta bench out-scored Utah's 33-27 and was key in the final overtime, when Burks and Favors entered the game in place of Millsap and Jefferson, with both fouling out. With 10 points and five rebounds, Alec Burks once again provided solid minutes. Burks has now scored in double figures in five of the past eight contests. Derrick Favors' 14 points means that the big 20-year-old has now registered double figures in six of the past eight games. Jamaal Tinsley's 13 minutes were nothing that Earl Watson couldn't have provided. GRADE: B
Overall: The Jazz couldn't have much better momentum on their side had they been able to win their third straight win away from the friendly confines they find in Salt Lake City. A 39 percent shooting display didn't help. Sunday evening's contest marks one of those games that might have catapulted the team to another few wins in a row. That's no guarantee after a tough defeat. GRADE: B-
Rhett Wilkinson is a journalism and political science major at Utah State University. He has previously been an intern for the Deseret News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Twitter: wilklogan.
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