NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at New Jersey
(Tuesday, November 6th)
Final Score: New Jersey 87, Atlanta 82
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Richard Jefferson led New Jersey in scoring for the fourth time in as many games with 25 points, as the Nets downed Atlanta, 87-82, at the Izod Center.
Jefferson drained 8-of-15 from the floor in helping push the Nets to a 3-1 mark in the early stages of the season. Antoine Wright scored 15 points with seven rebounds and Jason Kidd almost recorded another triple-double, instead settling for nine points, nine rebounds and 12 assists.
"We are playing better defense than we were last year," said Jefferson about the effort on that side of the floor.
Vince Carter scored a quiet 12 points for the Nets, who hung on despite shooting just 43.6 percent from the floor and 23.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Josh Smith led Atlanta with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Josh Childress joined Smith with 18 points along with seven rebounds.
A pair of Hawks rookies saw plenty of action, as Texas A&M product Acie Law matched up against Kidd on the point and scored seven points with four rebounds, while Florida product Al Horford also started and scored six points with seven rebounds and four steals.
Joe Johnson added 15 points and Marvin Williams tallied 13 points in defeat.
"We had our chances," said Atlanta head coach Mike Woodson. "When you are on the road and you have the opportunity to win games, you have to do everything the right way."
The Hawks ripped off the first eight points of the third quarter to seize the 49-45 edge. New Jersey missed its first four shots of the half, while Atlanta converted its first three shots mixed in with two free throws.
The momentum first stabilized then quickly shifted to the home team.
With the game squared at 53-53, the Nets stretched out a 16-4 spurt over the remainder of the third period. New Jersey used dribble penetration and easy layups to trigger the run, as the first four buckets were easy layups from four different players. Atlanta went almost five minutes without a field goal during the game-changing stretch, finally put to rest with Childress' jumper with 1:16 on the clock. Bostjan Nachbar's dunk off an interior feed from Jamaal Magloire pushed the lead to 69-57 after three stanzas.
Neither team found the stroke from the perimeter in the first 24 minutes. Williams lived at the charity stripe, draining 7-of-8 attempts to boost his 13-point effort, while Jefferson connected on 5-of-8 from the floor for 11 points. Atlanta shot just 37.5 percent from the field, but stayed in the game with a 15-of-18 performance from the free throw line.
The Nets have won 10 of the last 11 home meetings with the Hawks. The only loss was a 101-99 overtime defeat on February 4, 2007...New Jersey is sitting at 3-1 for the first time since starting 4-0 during the 2002-2003 season...Atlanta is set to host Phoenix on Wednesday before traveling back up north to tip against Boston on Friday...The Nets continue a four-game homestand against Washington on Thursday...Jefferson had made 25 straight free throws before missing his first attempt of the game...Attendance was 12,336.
11/06 23:33:32 ET