Saturday, March 9, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nets 93, Hawks 80
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets snapped an eight-game losing streak in Atlanta, easily dispatching of the Hawks, 93-80, on Saturday night at Phillips Arena.
The Nets (37-26) have won three straight games and improved to 16-23 against .500-or-better teams (at time of game played). They shot 43.4 percent and led by as many as 23.
In their previous four games, the Nets had 85 turnovers. They had just nine on Saturday night.
Defensively, the Nets held the Hawks to just 41.6 percent shooting.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT DRAY: Andray Blatche provided a spark off the bench, scoring 18 points on 9-for-11 shooting while collecting four steals. It was his most points since Jan. 8 (29 games). He landed on his left elbow while trying to take a charge late in the game and was seen favoring it.
BROOK-LYN: Brook Lopez had 14 of his 18 points in the third quarter. He added nine rebounds in 28 minutes.
WHAT (D-)WILL HE DO FOR AN ENCORE? Coming off a franchise-record 11 3-pointer, season-high 42-point outing, Deron Williams had just 17 points and six assists, but continued to show explosiveness off the dribble. Williams sported some cool looking camouflage Nike sneakers.
OH NO, JOE: In his second second game in Atlanta against his former team, Joe Johnson struggled, scoring eight points on 4-for-13 shooting. Johnson had shot 4-for-15 in his return there earlier this season. Johnson, still bothered by a sore left heel injury, clearly isn’t 100 percent.
MINUS ONE: Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo decided to go from a tight 10-man rotation to just a nine-man rotation, with MarShon Brooks joining Kris Humphries on the bench. Brooks eventually checked in when the Nets were well ahead with 3:37 left.
SECOND IS THE BEST: The Nets outscored the Hawks 28-14 in the second quarter and had just two turnovers in the frame. They ended up closing the first half on a 50-26 run.
BAD START, GOOD FINISH: The Nets trailed 11-1, but ended up tying the Hawks, 23-23, by the end of the first quarter.
REVENGE OF PETRO: Former Net Johan Petro tied his season-high for points in a game (10) in the first quarter.
UP NEXT: Nets at Sixers on Monday night at 7 p.m.