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Jazz resume trip in meeting with Hawks

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks got back to .500 and will try to post a winning record for the first time all season when the Utah Jazz come to Philips Arena Wednesday night.

The Hawks knotted their record thanks to a home-and-home sweep of the New York Knicks over a three-day span. Atlanta won by seven at home on Saturday, then left Madison Square Garden with a 91-85 victory on Monday.

Paul Millsap had 19 points for the Hawks. Kyle Korver netted 17 points to go with eight rebounds and Al Horford posted 12 points and six boards in the win.

"We feel like our record should be better already. A few games we lost at the end of games because we weren't focused at the end of games," Millsap said.

Dennis Schroeder scored 14 for the reserves on Monday and head coach Mike Budenholzer has shortened his bench a bit. That second unit may have to expand a bit on Tuesday as the Hawks, who went 27-for-28 from the foul line Monday, may be without DeMarre Carroll (groin strain) and Mike Scott (low back contusion). Carroll is listed as doubtful, while Scott is questionable.

Schroeder played more minutes than starter Jeff Teague and was on the floor for critical fourth-quarter minutes.

The Jazz will be playing game three of a five-game eastern road trip. They started with a one-point win in Detroit, but fell in Indiana, 97-86, to the Pacers on Monday.

Indianapolis native Gordon Hayward poured in 30 points for Utah. Enes Kanter had 18 points and Derrick Favors scored 13 in the loss.

"Got to credit them, they hit some tough shots, they battled," Hayward said.

The starting frontline was good for the Jazz, but the rest of the team, especially the starting backcourt, struggled badly from the field.

Alec Burks (9) and Trey Burke (5) combined to shoot 6-for-25 from the field for a terrible 24 percent shooting night. To contrast, Hayward, Favors and Kanter went 23-for-36 for a 63.8 percent shooting night, while the rest of the Jazz shot 9-for-38.

The Jazz will visit the New York Knicks on Friday, then travel north of the border to face the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

The Hawks have won six straight against the Jazz and nine of the last 10 meetings. Utah has dropped three straight and six of the last seven in Atlanta.