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Numbers game — Breaking down Jazz's 4OT defeat to Hawks

Published March 26, 2012 5:20 pm

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Jazz drop longest game in franchise history via 139-133 four-overtime defeat to AtlantaGordon Hayward's game-high 57 minutes tied Karl Malone for the Jazz's franchise record.Utah starters Devin Harris (54:51), Paul Millsap (52:26) and Al Jefferson (51:19) played all four quarters and overtimes.C.J. Miles, Millsap and Jefferson fouled out during the final OT. Josh Smith fouled out with 1:57 left in the first overtime.At 3:17, it was the longest game in Utah's 38-year history and the only four-overtime contest. The game tied for the third-longest matchup in NBA history and was the first to require four extra periods since Phoenix beat Portland in 1997.Utah and Atlanta combined for 272 points, 233 field-goal attempts and 128 rebounds. The lead changed 14 times and there were 19 ties.The Jazz missed four possible game-winning shots: Millsap clanked an 11-foot driving jumper as time expired in regulation. Harris didn't convert a turnaround 26-foot 3-pointer at the end of the first overtime. Harris then missed an open look at a 19-foot jumper before the second OT buzzer. Lastly, Millsap didn't hit an 18-foot fadeaway at the end of the third overtime.The Jazz scored 24 points or less in three of four quarters, and just 18 in the second. A 34-point third-period brought Utah to life.Seven Jazz players hit double figures in scoring, including all of Utah's starters.Millsap and Jefferson were a combined 24 of 52 from the field. Hayward and Harris were just 8 of 33.The Jazz only hit 28.6 percent (6 of 21) of their 3-point attempts and were just 1 of 7 during the four overtime periods.Atlanta's Josh Johnson scored 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting during the first quarter. He went 1 of 8 for six points during the next three periods. But Johnson was 2 of 4 during the second overtime, including a game-tying 3-pointer from the left wing — stepping back and shooting over Jefferson — with 7.5 seconds left. He then went 3 of 5 during the fourth overtime, scoring eight of Atlanta's 16 points. Thirteen of Johnson's game-high 37 points were recorded after the fourth quarter.The Hawks were 4 of 6 from the floor during the fourth overtime and hit 7 of 8 free throws. Utah was 3 of 10 from the field and committed more fouls (five) than it collected rebounds (three) or dished out assists (two).Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin used a 10-man rotation, with every player clocking at least 10:32. Atlanta played nine athletes, with eight recording at least 25:29. Utah's starters played the entire first and second overtimes, while Devin Harris was the only Jazz starter to not play all five minutes during the third extra period — Jamaal Tinsley subbed for 5 seconds. In contrast, Atlanta reserves Marvin Williams and Willie Green collected 30 combined minutes after regulation.The Jazz's bench didn't record a point during any of the four overtime periods. Atlanta's totaled 10.Utah's Earl Watson and Jeremy Evans were active but didn't play. Raja Bell wasn't in uniform.Millsap and Jefferson totaled 30 rebounds, as did Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia (game-high 20) and Smith.Smith shot just 9 of 26 and was visibly exhausted during the fourth quarter and first overtime.Harris was 0 of 7 behind the 3-point line, while the Hawks' Kirk Hinrich and Jeff Teague combined to shoot the same.Teague scored 11 of his 18 points after regulation.Jefferson, Hayward, Miles, Millsap and Favors had at least three offensive rebounds, led by Big Al's five.Jazz rookie center Enes Kanter only took one shot in 10:32.Atlanta's Jason Collins played the least amount of time: 8:38.Four Hawks players didn't take the court: Erick Dampier, Jerry Stackhouse, Tracy McGrady and Vladimir Radmanovic.Hayward and Teague hit 10 of 11 free throws.After combining for 47 points during the fourth quarter, Utah and Atlanta only recored a combined four points on 2-of-16 shooting during the initial overtime. The point total was the second-lowest OT mark in NBA history. The Jazz were 1 of 8 from the field, with Harris hitting Utah's only shot.The futility was erased as soon as the second OT began. The Jazz and Hawks combined for 72 points during the final 15 minutes of extra time. Utah could've tied the game at 133 with 37.9 seconds left in the fourth overtime, if Miles had hit a putback layup.Brian T. SmithTwitter: @tribjazz