NBA Game Summary - Brooklyn vs. Atlanta
(Thursday, January 16th)
Final Score: Brooklyn 127, Atlanta 110
London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Johnson scored 26 of his 29 points in the first half as the Brooklyn Nets cruised past the Atlanta Hawks, 127-110, in London.
Andray Blatche added 20 points, 14 rebounds and six assists for the Nets, who have won six of their last seven games. Paul Pierce and Alan Anderson tallied 18 and 15 points, respectively.
"We just exploited mismatches. I was just feeding off these guys," Johnson said. "We had a lot of ball movement and took a lot of open shots."
Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack each had 17 points for the Hawks, who have lost two in a row. Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap donated 16 and 13 points, respectively.
"Their size and their length was a problem in a lot of different ways, and rebounding was just one of them," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.
A back-and-forth first quarter featured 12 lead changes and four ties. The Nets led 31-27 after 12 minutes of action.
Brooklyn created some distance midway through the second stanza with a 12-4 run. Kevin Garnett's slam and jumper made it a 51-40 game with 5:16 left.
The Nets outscored the Hawks by a 34-26 margin in the second to take a 65-53 edge into the locker room.
Brooklyn stayed hot in the second half, starting the third quarter on an 11-2 run. Shaun Livingston's layup with 7:58 to go made it a 76-55 contest.
The Nets went 7-of-9 from beyond the arc in the third to build a 99-74 lead, and didn't allow the Hawks to trim their deficit below 20 points until the final moments of the fourth.
Atlanta guard Kyle Korver entered the final period 0-for-5 from three-point range. He finally connected from beyond the arc with 8:24 to play, extending his NBA record to 108 consecutive games with at least one made 3-pointer.
The Nets have won four of their past five games against the Hawks ... Atlanta forward DeMarre Carroll missed the game due to personal reasons ... Brooklyn made a season-high 53 field goals on a season-high 38 assists ... The Nets played a regular-season game at the O2 Arena in London for the third time ... Brooklyn shot 58.2 percent from the field and went 16-of-27 from beyond the arc ... Nets guard Deron Williams sat out with a sprained left ankle.
01/16 22:39:10 ET