Vivint Smart Home Arena went berserk as the Utah Jazz had an incredible start against the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night. Right off the bat, the Jazz scored five points in the first 30 seconds. Two of which were scored in the first 10 seconds. In an intense showdown in the first quarter, Shelvin Mack proved his worth guarding his former Atlanta teammates for the first time in a Jazz uniform. With a great start to the game, Utah scored a total of 27 points in the first quarter, with the Hawks trailing behind them at 16.
With the Jazz starting the second quarter strong, they slowly lost their confidence. Missing multiple shots, turning the ball over, and suffering a few defensive breakdowns. The Atlanta Hawks were able to score an additional 25 points, seven of which were made by Paul Millsap. With luck on their side, the Utah Jazz were able to make a comeback. With only a minute left on the scoreboard in the second quarter, the Atlanta Hawks committed two fouls, with one a technical foul caused by a defensive three-second call. The Jazz were able to close the gap, leading at halftime 42-41.
Atlanta came back into the third quarter strong and aggressive, ready to take down the Jazz. Utah slipped up, and the Hawks seized their chance. Jeff Teague scored seven points for Atlanta, totaling 17 points in the first three quarters. The Utah Jazz were falling behind with a cloud over their heads heading into the fourth quarter 57-66.
In the fourth and final quarter, Utah got it together and caught up to Atlanta. With four minutes left in the game the Jazz tightened up the point difference from 11 to four. Unfortunately they couldn’t hold it together and the Hawks went home with the win. The final score was Atlanta 91, Utah 84.
In a post game interview with head coach Quin Snyder, Snyder mentioned that consistently missing shots on offense can have an adverse effect on the defense. He also stated the importance of showing confidence in players, this including Shelvin Mack who had a rough outing against his former team. Snyder is hopeful going into tomorrow’s game against the Golden State Warriors that the Jazz will only continue to get better.
By Jenni Lym
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