Jazz share the love with Hawks at practice

Feb 28 2013 - 12:35am

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Jazzman Marvin Williams came out of Wednesday morning's shootaround with his shirt badly torn and hanging off his body.

A fight? Nope, a friend.

The former Hawk was the victim of an playful attack from Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia.

"When I was in Atlanta we went through a little stage where we were tearing guys shirts off when they weren't looking," Williams said. "I was out there talking with Josh (Smith) and Zaza came and got me. I've got to get him back at some point."

Pachulia said it was all in good fun.

"Marvin, he's my brother," he said. "We (sat) next to each other for seven years. Very close friends. I love Marvin."

Atlanta's shootaround was scheduled to start shortly after the Jazz's ended, so there was enough overlap in time for Williams to chat with his former teammates. It also provided time for ex-Jazz players Kyle Korver and Devin Harris to exchange greetings with their former teammates.

Williams scored eight points on 4-for-10 shooting on Wednesday. He also had four rebounds.

Korver scored just four points on 1-for-4 shooting. He played 36 minutes.

GAME 68

Hawks 102, Jazz 91

* BEST LINE: Atlanta's Al Horford finished with 32 points on 14-for-22 shooting. He also had 15 rebounds, five blocked shots and three assists.

* KEY STAT: The Jazz were outscored 26-18 in the third quarter, which included a 10-2 run by the Hawks to start the period. Utah shot just 37 percent in the third.

* HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Following the Hawks' shootaround, the team gathered around at mid-court and sang happy birthday to Harris, who grinned from ear to ear. Wednesday was Harris' 30th birthday. Harris finished Wednesday's game with 12 points and two assists.

* KORVER COMES BACK: Korver spent part of three seasons with the Jazz and immediately became a fan favorite. Since the 2009-10 season, his last in Utah, the 31-year-old has played for Chicago and Atlanta.

He'll be a free agent this summer and hinted he would mind coming back to the Wasatch Front.

"I would definitely listen to Utah if they came asking," he said. "I have a lot of respect for the organization and the Miller family. This is a great place to live life and play basketball."

* MILESTONE: Randy Foye's 3-pointer with 1:40 left in the game tied the Jazz's single-season record for made 3s, with 129. Foye made two of Utah's four 3-pointers on Wednesday.

* ANOTHER MILESTONE: The Jazz celebrated 30 years of their Jr. Jazz program, which according to a press release, has had more than 1.3 million participants since its inception in 1983. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert officially declared Wednesday "Jr. Jazz Day."

* INJURY REPORT: Paul Millsap (left ankle) missed the game for the Jazz. Derrick Favors started in his place. ... Jazz center Al Jefferson sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter and has been listed as "day-to-day" by the team. ... DeMarre Carroll suffered a hyperextended left knee in the first quarter but returned to play in the second half. He is scheduled to have an MRI today. ... Atlanta guard Lou Williams (right knee) is out for the season. ... Pachulia (Achilles tendon) was listed as day-to-day. He played 12 minutes.

* ETC.: Millsap has now missed 15 games in his career, 14 due to injury. ... Jefferson scored 26 points and had 11 rebounds, giving him 28 double-doubles on the season. ... The Jazz's bench outscored Atlanta's 29-9. ... The Hawks outscored the Jazz 54-46 in the paint. ... Atlanta finished with five blocked shots, all from Horford.

* UP NEXT: The Jazz will play host to the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.

 

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