NBA Game Summary - Brooklyn at Atlanta|
(Wednesday, January 16th)
Final Score: Atlanta 109, Brooklyn 95
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The return of former guard Joe Johnson
seemingly energized the sluggish Atlanta Hawks' offense.
Two nights after scoring just 58 points in a blowout loss to Chicago, the
Hawks had six players in double-figures, led by Jeff Teague's career-best 28
points, and Atlanta ended the Brooklyn Nets' seven-game winning streak with a
109-95 triumph on Wednesday.
Teague connected on 12-of-18 shots from the field while dishing out 11
assists. Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia also posted double-doubles, with
Horford tallying 17 points and 13 rebounds. Pachulia fell just two assists shy
of a triple-double, totaling 13 points, 11 boards and eight assists for the
Hawks, who played without forward Josh Smith.
Atlanta suspended its leading scorer for the contest for conduct detrimental
to the team, but didn't seem to miss him as they shot 57.7 percent for the
Devin Harris chipped in with 18 points and five assists in the victory for the
Hawks, who came in losers in six of their last seven games.
"It means a lot, we're a good team," said Pachulia on getting a win. "It was a
bad period of time we had, especially since the beginning of January. We
weren't happy, we knew it was on us and obviously we understand we're going to
go through these kinds of situations."
Johnson, a six-time All Star with the Hawks, played his first game against his
former team since being traded to Brooklyn this past offseason. He scored 15
points, but shot just 4-of-15 from the field.
"It was alright, besides the game," said Johnson on his return to Atlanta. "It
was great to come back, see some of the guys and have a little fun, but my
main goal was to come back and for us to get a win."
Brook Lopez finished with 22 points and nine boards for the Nets, who
lost for just the second time under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo.
Deron Williams had 12 points and nine assists and Andray Blatche scored 12 off
the bench in the loss.
In knocking down seven of their first 10 shots, the Hawks sprinted out to a
17-8 lead. Brooklyn pulled within two later in the stanza on a Lopez putback,
but Atlanta closed out the period strong, with Harris burying a 3-pointer to
put them ahead 27-20 going into the second quarter.
Early in the second session, DeShawn Stevenson drained a triple to give
Atlanta a double-digit lead, which held until Mirza Teletovic followed three
straight Blatche buckets with a 3-pointer to cut the Nets' deficit to 38-31.
Brooklyn, however, never made a further dent in Atlanta's lead. A pair of Kyle
Korver jumpers brought the Hawks' advantage up to 13, and while Johnson was
able to finish a three-point play at the other end for the Nets, they wound up
going into halftime behind 56-40.
The Hawks continued the offensive onslaught in the third quarter, where they
connected on eight of their first nine shots to take a commanding 26-point
lead at 73-47 on Horford's alley-oop jam.
Atlanta shot an impressive 70 percent (14-for-20) from the field during the
quarter, with Teague having a hand in most of the scoring, tallying nine
points and five assists in the period to help the Hawks to a comfortable 88-69
lead after three quarters.
The Nets never came any closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Wednesday contest was the opener of a home-and-home series between the two
clubs. They will play again on Friday in Brooklyn ... Gerald Wallace returned
for Brooklyn after missing two games with bruised ribs. He scored four points
in 15 minutes off the bench ... The Hawks have won 11 of the last 13 games
against the Nets ... Pachulia set a career high in assists with eight.
01/16 22:35:24 ET