Hawks end 17-year drought in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY — The last time the Atlanta Hawks celebrated a victory in Salt Lake City, Joe Johnson was a star player in an Arkansas Boys Club grade-school league.
Yep, it's been a while.
Now an NBA All-Star, Johnson scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Hawks win in Utah for the first time in 17 years, beating the Jazz, 105-100, last night.
The Hawks hadn't won in Utah since Feb. 13, 1993, when Dominique Wilkins scored 43 points to lead Atlanta to a 121-112 win.
"It's about time," Johnson said. "The last time our team won here, I was just a little kid watching Dominique and dreaming I might play in the NBA someday."
BUCKS 83, KNICKS 67: Andrew Bogut had 24 points and 20 rebounds, his third career 20-20 game, and visiting Milwaukee beat New York. John Salmons scored 15 points for the Bucks.
Wizards 101, Bulls 95: Andray Blatche scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds to lead host Washington over Chicago. Derrick Rose scored 22 points to lead the Bulls.
Mavericks 91, Pacers 82: Brendan Haywood tied a career high with 20 rebounds and host Dallas improved to 4-0 with him as its starting center. Haywood came over from Washington in a Feb. 13 trade.
Clippers 98, Bobcats 94: Rasual Butler scored 20 points, and Chris Kaman had 18 points and 13 rebounds for host Los Angeles. Baron Davis added 10 points and 10 assists.
76ers: Philadelphia guard Allen Iverson has left the team and is out indefinitely to spend time with his ill daughter. Iverson will miss at least the remaining three games of Philadelphia's road trip. Iverson has not disclosed what is ailing his 4-year-old daughter, Messiah.