On Saturday night, the Nets defeated the Hawks by a final score of 93-80.
The Skinny: The Hawks came out and took and early 11-1 lead on the sloppy turnover prone Nets behind ex-Net Johan Petro’s eight quick points. The Nets returned the favor with a 13-4 run and the game started to slow down. Al Horford picked up two quick fouls to make the Hawks go to their bench early. Andray Blatche was a factor with four points, a steal and an assist late in the first to help the Nets tie the game at 23 after one.
The Bench Mob started the second with Joe Johnson anchoring the floor alongside Mirza Teletovic and C.J. Watson. The quarter started with a Nets 13-4 run to give them a 36-27 lead behind multiple steals and good all-around plays by Blatche. The Nets held the Hawks to 38 percent shooting while they shot 50 percent to build their biggest lead of the game, a 51-37 lead into halftime.
Deron Williams got the Nets off to a good start to the “problematic” third quarter with aggressive play and led an 8-1 run to stretch lead to 59-40. The Nets executed very well and spread the ball around with efficiency. Brook Lopez had 14 points in the quarter to help extend the lead to 76-57 going into the final quarter.
The bench once again came in and stretched the lead for Brooklyn early in the fourth. The Hawks made a 7-0 run midway through the quarter and got the lead down to 86-70. The game was over minutes after that Hawks run and both teams emptied the benches. Nets win 93-80.
High Scorers: Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche each scored 18 points while Blatche had four steals to go with Lopez nine rebounds. Al Horford led the Hawks with 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Key Stats: The Nets turned the ball over only 11 times to the Hawks 18.
Who Was Hot: Brook Lopez propelled the Nets in the third quarter with 14 points and an inside presence.
Who Was Not: Jeff Teague went 0-for-5 in the first half with two turnovers for zero points. The second half was no better as he ended the game with seven points on 2-for-9 shooting.
Fun Fact: The Nets had lost eight straight in Atlanta going into this game surrendering 109.4 ppg over that span. That streak is now over with the Nets holding the Hawks to 80 points.
John Paolantonio, ContributorThe game did not start well for Brooklyn although they weathered an early 11-1 deficit to make a strong comeback behind the Bench Mob. The second quarter was a key to this game when the Nets outscored Atlanta 28-14 to stretch the lead into halftime to give them some wiggle room.
The normal collapse in the third quarter did not occur tonight with the Nets continuing their solid play and outscoring the Hawks 25-20 in the third. Brook Lopez led that surge with 14 points and the turnover happy Nets only turned the ball over one time. It was nice to see Deron Williams attacking the basket multiple times without hesitation.
Andray Blatche played a great game to give the Nets another scorer to go with Lopez. The game was not as close as the final score indicates with the Nets getting a much needed conference win in Atlanta to put one more game between the teams.
Brooklyn (37-26) heads to Philadelphia Monday night to face the Sixers, The 7 p.m. game will be televised on the YES Network.