New Jersey Nets-Atlanta Hawks: Nets Squander Late Push in Loss to Hawks

March 26th, 2011 by Jim Mancari Leave a reply »
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 eight 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 ...

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