Usually when a team falls behind by 30 points, there isn’t much hope for a win. However, the New Jersey Nets did show some life, but ultimately fell to the Atlanta Hawks, 98-87, at Philips Arena.
Though they had lost 8-of-11 games, the Hawks clinched a playoff berth with the victory and have now made the playoffs four consecutive seasons.
Still without Deron Williams, the Nets lost their second straight game. Nets’ GM Billie King has announced that it is uncertain whether or not Williams will return this season.
This game appeared over in the opening minutes, as the Hawks used an early 19-0 run to establish a big lead. Atlanta opened a 28-point lead in the second quarter.
The Nets finished the first half with a season-low 31 points.
The Hawks extended the lead to 30 halfway through the third quarter. At that point, the Nets finally woke up and put together a solid effort to close the quarter.
New Jersey continued to chip away until they trailed by 10 after a 15-3 run with just over five minutes to play in the game.
However, Al Horford scored six straight points that crushed the Nets’ momentum and sealed Atlanta’s win. New Jersey’s effort proved too little too late
Anthony Morrow led all scorers with 25 points in the losing cause.
The Hawks meanwhile had five players in double figures, including Horford who recorded a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
Josh Smith scored 22 points, and Jamal Crawford added 18 off the bench.
The Nets return home to “The Rock” on Tuesday to take on the Houston Rockets.
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Written by Jim Mancari
James (Jim) Mancari hails from Massapequa, NY. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA with degrees in History and Kinesiology. Jim currently is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism at Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY). He is a devout Mets fan and takes pride in his team, despite their lack of success over the last few years. Like all Mets' fans, Jim has plenty of hope. Jim also writes for the NJ Nets on this site. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. He appreciates and respects additional opinions.