Hawks vs. Nets - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-93 on the road at the Barclays Center. This was the fourth and final meeting between these two teams this regular season. This was also the first game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. With the win, the Hawks improved to 37-29 on the season, 2-2 in the regular season series with the Nets, and 1-0 in their back-to-back set. The starters for the Hawks were Devin Harris and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, DeShawn Stevenson and Josh Smith at the two forward spots, and Al Horford at center. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) and Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) were the two inactives for the Hawks. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with a game-high 22 points. He also grabbed 11 boards, giving him a double-double on the night. Josh Smith added 21 points, seven rebounds, and five dimes. Dahntay Jones contributed 13 points off the bench in his best scoring game as a Hawk so far. Kyle Korver scored 12 points. Jeff Teague had a double-double, with 11 points and a career-high-tying 15 assists. The Nets were led by Joe Johnson and Deron Williams, who scored 18 points apiece. In the first quarter, the Nets outscored the Hawks 24-21. In the second quarter, the Hawks outscored the Nets 30-25 to take a 51-49 lead at the break. In the third quarter, the Nets outscored the Hawks 24-20 to retake the lead, 73-71, heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the Hawks went on a 19-6 run, and they got the 12-point victory. I think the key to this Hawks win was ball movement. The Hawks totaled 30 assists, compared to 17 for the Nets. Great win for the Hawks, improving their position in the Eastern Conference playoffs.