Hawks put an end to Utah's win streak

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ATLANTA --- Deron Williams knew the Jazz wouldn't go unbeaten through the end of the regular season.

Atlanta's Joe Johnson drives to the basket against Utah's Mehmet Okur. Johnson had 31 in the Hawks' victory which ended the Jazz's streak at 12.  Associated Press
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Atlanta's Joe Johnson drives to the basket against Utah's Mehmet Okur. Johnson had 31 in the Hawks' victory which ended the Jazz's streak at 12.

Even so, Utah's star point guard wished his team had given itself a better chance against the Hawks to extend its winning streak to 13 games.

"We got a little complacent at the end of the game," Williams said. "We had stretches where we played well and where we played bad throughout the game. They got a lot of transition baskets at the end of the game, and that got the crowd into it."

Joe Johnson scored 31 points and Josh Smith had 22 points and 12 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks end Utah's 12-game winning streak with a 100-93 victory Wednesday night.

After Mehmet Okur's 20-footer gave Utah an 87-85 lead with 5:02 remaining, the Jazz failed to score a field goal.

"No, we didn't run out of gas," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "We didn't come with gas early. Nobody cares what you did last night; you just come and play hard."

The Hawks, who ended Cleveland's 11-game winning streak on Dec. 13, led until Okur's straightaway 3-pointer put Utah up 62-60 at the 4:44 mark of the third quarter. Atlanta has won three in a row.

"This shows everybody in the world the Hawks are for real," Smith said. "They have to take the Hawks seriously. Utah is an outstanding team. We played the best in the West and were able to beat them."

Flip Murray scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Hawks. Smith ended the scoring with a pair of free throws with 24.3 seconds remaining.

"We were being real aggressive," Murray said. "We were trying to get to the rim and draw the foul."

Williams, who was instrumental in holding Mike Bibby to two points on a 1-for-6 performance from the field, led the Jazz with 20 points and nine assists.

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