Nets vs. Hawks: New Jersey Plays Well, but Hot Atlanta Team Just Too Much

December 7th, 2010 by Ryan Comstock Leave a reply »
The Atlanta Hawks may be without their highest-paid player in Joe Johnson, but they've been playing incredibly well lately and their hot play continued against the New Jersey Nets Tuesday night, winning 116-101.

The Nets put forth a good effort, really one of their best in a while, but the combination of Josh Smith, Jamal Crawford and Al Horford was too much to overcome.

With Smith consistently hitting outside shots, he proved nearly unstoppable, scoring 34 points on a 14-of-16 shooting night. He also hit 2-of-2 three-point attempts, a good number for him, adding in seven assists, three rebounds and two blocks.

Horford and Crawford combined for 50 points on 63 percent shooting. Horford also had 10 rebounds while Crawford dished out six assists.

As a team, the Hawks shot 60 percent from the floor. They're actually playing better without Johnson than they were with him, helped by an added emphasis on ball-sharing and equal opportunities in terms of shot attempts.

No Atlanta player put up more than 18 shots, with Horford being the only one to total that many.

The Hawks have also figured out that Horford is much mo ...

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