SALT LAKE CITY– Paul Millsap said he started to walk right into the home team locker room on Monday, his first return to Energy Solutions Arena following his departure from the Jazz after seven seasons.
He showed he’s still right at home on the court, too. Millsap scored 23 points to help the Hawks beat the Jazz 112-110.
Millsap didn’t carry the load alone. He was joined by fellow former Jazz-men, Demarre Carroll (11 points) and Kyle Korver (game-high 26 points) as Atlanta closed out a 6-game road trip with a win.
Ironically the Jazz just returned from a 6-game road trip where they lost the first five and won the sixth, the same as the Hawks. It’s just the second win for Atlanta in their last 16 games.
After trailing by double-digits for much of the first half, Utah took an 80-78 lead into the fourth quarter after Gordon Hayward beat the buzzer with a follow-up dunk. He ended the game with 13 points.
Trey Burke matched Millsap with 23 points, including a three-pointer to put Utah ahead 96-93 with four minutes left to play.
But Korver and Carroll scored the next eight points of the game and Millsap put it out of reach with free throws down the stretch.