WHAT IT MEANS: Well, that wasn’t how the Brooklyn Nets wanted to enter their circus road trip.
Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo started a lineup of Deron Williams, C.J. Watson, Keith Bogans, Mirza Teletovic and Andray Blatche in the fourth and it backfired. The Hawks ripped off a 13-4 run to start the final period and never looked back. In all, Atlanta outscored Brooklyn 34-20 in the final 12 minutes; the Hawks went 14-for-20 from the field over that span, though they missed their last three shots.
The Nets (39-27) dropped to 16-24 against .500-or-better teams. The two teams split the season series at 2-2.
On Monday night, the Nets kick off an eight-game, 17-day road trip in Detroit.
GLASS MAN: Reggie Evans had 12 rebounds -- in the third quarter. He finished with 22 rebounds and a season-high 14 points overall. Evans collected his NBA-best fifth 20-plus rebound game this season.
THERE’S JOE: Joe Johnson, who returned after missing Tuesday night’s game due to a sore left heel and getting five days of rest, had 13 of his 18 points in the first half.
D-WILL AND BROOK: Williams had 18 points and eight assists. Brook Lopez added 17 points and six rebounds, but shot just 7-for-19 from the field.
SCARY: Williams’ head collided with Josh Smith's chest while the two were trying to corral a loose ball at the end of the first half. Williams went down for a bit before eventually getting up and walking to the locker room. Gerald Wallace crashed hard to the floor while driving to the basket in the second quarter. He was OK, too. Wallace missed six of his seven layup attempts and went 1-for-8 from the field.
CLOSING TIME: The Nets closed the third quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 73-71 lead into the fourth.
FIRST-HALF RECAP: The Nets had 10 turnovers in the opening 24 minutes and trailed 51-49 at the break.
NO-SHON: MarShon Brooks didn’t get in until the Nets were down 15 with 1:36 left.
WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Ethan Hawke, Mariska Hargitay, Eric LeGrand
UP NEXT: Nets at Pistons, Monday night at 7:30.