Hawks vs. Nets: After Rough 1st Quarter, New Jersey Clamps Down On D and Wins

December 19th, 2010 by Ryan Comstock Leave a reply »
After the first 12 minutes of play, it appeared the New Jersey Nets may be in for a long day against the Atlanta Hawks.

Atlanta shot 64 percent and scored 30 points in the opening frame while New Jersey scored 23 points. The Nets did shoot 53 percent in the first quarter, but it did not seem like they would be able to stop the Hawks at all.

Then, throughout the next three quarters, New Jersey held their opponent under 30 percent from the floor and outscored the Hawks 66-52. After the first, Atlanta did not score more than 20 points in any period and was even held to just 13 in the second.

The final score was 89-82 in favor of the Nets.

New Jersey also had a 46-39 rebounding advantage, including 10-7 on the offensive glass. Their rebounding has been superb lately and that continued Sunday.

The Nets were a bit sloppy in the first half with 12 turnovers, but had just four the rest of the way, finishing with 16.

The game was newcomer Sasha Vujacic's first home appearance with the Nets and he came through for them, scoring 10 points and hitting 2-of-4 three-pointers. He also had six rebounds and played excellent def ...

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