(ATLANTA) — It took four overtimes but the Atlanta Hawks (30-20) finally defeated the Utah Jazz (26-23) 139-133.
The game tied for the third longest game in NBA history and is the first four overtime game since 1997, when Phoenix beat Portland 140-139.
Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 37-points and Atlanta ended Utah’s six-game winning streak.
The game was the Hawks third in three days.
“Man, it would happen on the third game, too,” Atlanta forward Josh Smith said. “It just shows the resiliency and toughness of this ballclub, to be able to push through that many overtimes and come out victorious. It was a special win. I think we’ll probably appreciate this more so than any other win during the season thus far.”
Smith finished the game with 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. The Hawks get a day off before they head to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN