Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Saturday, November 15th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 18th
Game 3: Sunday, April 4th
Game 4: Monday, April 12th

Nets 100

(5-5, 3-2 away)

Hawks 85

(3-7, 1-2 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, November 15, 2003

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 20 29 27 24100
    ATL 21 19 22 2385

    Top Performers

    New Jersey: K. Martin 23 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Atlanta: J. Terry 24 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Martin snags 3rd straight double-double

    ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks expected the New Jersey Nets to come out running.

    Jacque Vaughn

    The Hawks' Jacque Vaughn grabs for a loose ball from Kerry Kittles.

    When Kenyon Martin and the Nets instead set a more controlled pace in their half-court offense, the Hawks lost their edge and the game, 100-85 Saturday night.

    While the Nets looked fresh despite playing for the second straight night, the Hawks still showed the effects of a five-game road trip that ended Wednesday.

    "They didn't have that much more energy than us, we just didn't have any," said Hawks guard Jason Terry. "That's why we lost."

    Added Terry: "We were lulled into their style of play. They set the tone. At no point in this league can you let somebody come into your gym and set the tone for you. And they did that."

    Setting the tone for the Nets were Martin, who posted his third straight double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds, and center Alonzo Mourning, who in only 12 minutes scored 10 points and left Atlanta's Theo Ratliff and Nazr Mohammed in foul trouble.

    The Hawks led by seven points midway through the second period when Nets coach Byron Scott called his team to the bench and complained about poor shot selection.

    "I started yelling to those guys about going inside," Scott said. "That changed the game."

    As Ratliff and then Mohammed left the game in foul trouble, Mourning scored eight straight points on free throws.

    "(Mourning) comes in so hard it's hard to stop him unless you hold him," Scott said.

    At the end of Mourning's streak of free throws, the Nets led 43-36.

    Frustrated by their mounting foul troubles, the Hawks went more than seven minutes without a field goal. Terry ended the drought with less than one minute left before halftime, but by that time the Nets had the lead for good.

    Hawks coach Terry Stotts said the officials gave Mourning star treatment.

    "The Nets went to Zo and I thought he got the benefit of the doubt in some of his post-ups," Stotts said. "We could have been more physical, but I thought he got the benefit of the doubt, too."

    Mohammed finished the first half with four fouls and Ratliff was called for his fourth in the first minute of the second half.

    Mourning says he is still learning the New Jersey offense but says he doesn't mind playing limited minutes behind starting center Jason Collins.

    "I just want my minutes to be productive," Mourning said. "I'm not used to playing like that, but I told (Scott) I will adapt to whatever you want me to do."

    While Martin missed five games early this month with a sprained left ankle, the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions fell to 3-5. But Martin had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Nets beat the New York Knicks on Friday night, and he again played a leading role against Atlanta.

    Martin dominated his matchup with Hawks forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who was held to 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting. Jason Kidd added 21 points and Richard Jefferson had 14 for New Jersey.

    Terry led the Hawks with 24 points, 20 in the second half.

    Game Notes: Over a span of six games before Saturday night, New Jersey's Kerry Kittles had 20 steals -- an average of 3.33 per game. Kittles had one steal against Atlanta. ... The Hawks, returning from a five-game road trip, were playing only their third home game of the season. ... Dion Glover is the only Atlanta player to score in double figures in all 10 games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 85
    FGM-FGA 35-73 (.479) 29-76 (.382)
    3PM-3PA 4-9 (.444) 4-12 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 26-30 (.867) 23-30 (.767)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-38 11-39
    Assists 23 19
    Turnovers 13 14
    Steals 9 5
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 7 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Kenyon Martin Martin
    Points: 23
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Jason Terry Terry
    Points: 24
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0