Originally created 12/21/06

Hawks fizzle at end

ATLANTA - Mehmet Okur scored 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz erase a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit and beat the Atlanta Hawks 112-106 on Wednesday night.

A five-point possession with 10:23 remaining turned the momentum in favor of Utah, which outscored the Hawks 40-13 in the final period and rallied from a 21-point deficit for the second time this season.

Derek Fisher hit a 3-pointer but missed the ensuing free throw, and Carlos Boozer grabbed the rebound.

The Jazz ran off 16 seconds before Andrei Kirilenko fed the ball underneath to Boozer, whose lay-in cut Atlanta's lead to 95-83.

Okur's 3-pointer from the right corner all but sealed the victory with 26.4 seconds remaining. The Hawks had nobody on Okur when he launched his jumper and gave Utah a 110-104 lead.

The Jazz won Nov. 22 at Sacramento after trailing by the same margin.

Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 27 points. Josh Smith added 23 points and 12 rebounds.

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NEXT GAME: vs. Indiana Pacers, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

TV: SportSouth

RECORD: 9-15


Atlanta's 112-106 loss to Utah on Wednesday night dropped the Hawks 0-2 on their current homestand, but both games have been close. On Saturday, Chicago beat Atlanta 106-104 in overtime. Atlanta closes out a three-game homestretch on Friday.

For the season, Atlanta is 4-7 at Philips Arena and 5-8 on the road.

After Friday's game, Atlanta is at Detroit on Saturday, then plays host to Cleveland on Wednesday and is at Houston on Dec. 29 and at San Antonio on Dec. 31.


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