Kyle Korver had seen it all before. A Utah Jazz team that had been thoroughly worked over in the first half came out of the locker room with a purpose. And after trailing by as much as 17 points in the second, the Jazz put together a huge third quarter and found themselves up late Monday night.
“I was part of so many games where we’re down at halftime just like tonight,” Korver said. “Then you come roaring back, the crowd gets behind it. … This is not an easy place to play.”
But how many times have Jazz fans seen Korver do what happened next?
Out of a timeout, the sharpshooter came off a pair of screens, and found himself alone behind the 3-point line.
“It was just a good play that coach drew up,” he said. “Guys set screens and I got open. I was wide open. So I just tried to line it up and knock it down.”
Korver, who in three seasons with the Jazz hit 235 3-pointers, buried it, tying the game at 96, sparking a 10-2 run to help the Atlanta Hawks beat the Utah Jazz, 112-110.
That run, by the way, came courtesy of Korver and ex-Jazzmen Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll. After the Korver 3 to tie it, Carroll hit one of his own to take the lead.
“When we talk about guys making big plays, those were two big ones,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.
Millsap grabbed a rebound and hit a pair of free throws to help put the game out of reach.
For Millsap, it was his first trip back to EnergySolutions Arena since signing with the Hawks in July. The forward, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Jazz, called his style of play and the team that drafted him a “perfect fit.”
His homecoming felt “different,” he said. “I almost mistakenly walked straight to the locker room, to the main locker room.”
Millsap, an All-Star this year for the first time in his career, said he would have been fine with fans booing him, though he knew deep down they would not.
All three former Jazzmen received ovations from the crowd of 17,774 before the game.
In total, theycombined for 58 points, led by Korver’s 26.
Trio make their marks
The ex-Utah trio of Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll, and Kyle Korver combined for 58 points, led by Korver’s 26.