By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored 20 points, Taurean Prince added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks kept up their improving play with a 104-90 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
The Hawks began to pull away late in the third quarter, closing with a 13-3 run for a 74-63 lead that was their largest to that point. Dewayne Dedmon knocked down a 3-pointer, Malcolm Delaney converted a four-point play and Schroder scored off a couple of drives.
It got totally out of hand at the start of the fourth.
The Jazz missed their first five shots and the Hawks put the game out of reach with a 10-0 spurt that included a three-point play from rookie John Collins and Kent Bazemore’s jumper beyond the arc.
Atlanta led by as many as 26 in the final period.
Bazemore and Marco Belinelli had 11 points apiece for Atlanta, which knocked down 12 of 26 from 3-point range. The Jazz, on the other hand, made only 4 of 15 from outside the stripe.
Alec Burks came off the bench to lead the Jazz with 17 points. Utah’s starters combined for just 40 points, led by Donovan Mitchell with 13.
Jazz: Missed their first 10 shots but bounced back to lead 20-19 by the end of the opening period. … Former Hawks star Joe Johnson had four points in 16 minutes. The 36-year-old Johnson played for the Hawks from 2005-12, making the All-Star game in six of seven seasons. Utah is the third team he’s played for since leaving Atlanta. … Rudy Gobert had 10 rebounds.
Hawks: Tied for the NBA’s worst record coming into the night, the Hawks have shown signs of life by winning three of their last four and four of six. They are .500 over their past 14 games. … Coach Mike Budenholzer picked up a technical with 3:55 left in the game with his team up by 21 points. After the Jazz made the free throw, Budenholzer yelled at official Courtney Kirkland, “The game’s not over.” … Eight players scored for the Hawks in the second quarter.
Jazz: Travel to Detroit on Wednesday to face the Pistons.
Hawks: Wrap up a six-game homestand, their longest of the season, by hosting the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.