Hawks vs. Nets - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-95 at home at Philips Arena in Joe Johnson's first return to Philips Arena since the blockbuster trade Danny Ferry orchestrated in July. This was the first game of a home-and-home set with the Nets for the Hawks. With the win, the Hawks improved to 22-16 on the season, 1-0 in the regular season series with the Nets, and 1-0 in their home-and-home set. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, and Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia in the frontcourt. Josh Smith was serving a one-game suspension issued by the team for conduct detrimental to the team in Tuesday's practice. He was not in the arena. Anthony Morrow (sore lower back) did not dress. John Jenkins, Johan Petro, Mike Scott (the Hawks' leading scorer against the Chicago Bulls on Monday, and Anthony Tolliver received DNP-CDs. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Jeff Teague, with a career-high, game-high 28 points. He also dished out 11 assists, giving him a double-double on the night. Devin Harris added 18 points and five assists. Al Horford contributed a double-double, with 17 points and 13 boards. Zaza Pachulia nearly registered a triple-double, but he had a double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. Kyle Korver and Louis Williams scored 11 points apiece. The leading scorer for the Nets was Brook Lopez, with 22 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks got off to a 13-4 start, but the Nets answered with an 8-2 run. The Hawks responded to that with a 12-0 run of their own, which extended into the beginning of the second quarter. In between the first and second quarters, "The Voice of the Hawks" Steve Holman was honored for calling his 2,000th straight game. Congratulations go out to him. The Hawks then finished the first half with an 8-2 run to take a 16-point lead over the Nets at the break, 56-40. They scored two fewer points at the half in this one as they did in the whole game in their last contest. In the third quarter, the Hawks scored 32 points, and they extended their lead to 88-69 heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the Nets came within 12 twice, but the Hawks pulled out the 14-point victory. I think the key to the win for the Hawks was effort. The Hawks ran the Nets out of the building, pushing the ball on just about every possession. They outscored them 29-12 in fastbreak points. They also out rebounded the Nets 41-37. These are two stats that effectively measure effort, and the Hawks excelled in both. Great win for the Hawks, snapping the Nets' seven-game win streak.