Mar 19, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Joe Johnson (2) shoots a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Philips Arena. Boston won 79-76. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
The Hawks earned their win over the Jazz on Sunday ... in four overtimes.
There hadn't been a four-overtime game in the NBA since 1997 before the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz decided to play nearly an extra full half of basketball to settle their battle on Sunday. Atlanta prevailed 137-134 in the fourth OT to stint Utah's momentum and continue its own. Now we find out if the Hawks will be able to get out of bed before their next game.
For the Jazz, that comes soon: They flew out of Atlanta immediately after the marathon game because they have a match with old friend Deron Williams and the Nets in New Jersey on Monday. Sunday's starters will likely have slept well on the flight as all of them played at least 49 minutes, with Gordon Hayward coming in at 57-1/2. The Hawks had reason to yawn, too: This was the final game of a back-to-back-to-back. Joe Johnson scored 37 points in his 55 minutes.
Both teams took amazing care of the ball, with a total of 20 turnovers between them. Of course, they brought the extra work on themselves: The teams combined for a whopping four points in the first overtime. The Basketball Gods were not satisfied and demanded more.
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