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Feasting on East's bottom feeders


Feasting on East's bottom feeders Hawks 130, Nets 107

Another one up, another one down.

The Hawks on Sunday continued to pad their record against the rabble of the NBA, disposing of the New Jersey Nets by a 130-107 score at Philips Arena.

The Nets had their best shooting night of the season but still were no match for the Hawks , who had seven players in double figures and left the fourth quarter mostly to the backups.

"We're doing everything right defensively and offensively," coach Mike Woodson said. "We look like we're having fun."

The Hawks have feasted on a light stretch of the schedule. Woebegone New Jersey was preceded by Eastern Conference underlings Chicago and Toronto, and the Hawks beat all three by more than 20 points. They've won four in a row and are 17-6. Only twice in the team's 42-year history in Atlanta have the Hawks had a better record after 23 games.

"It's a blessing, honestly," guard Joe Johnson said. "The first year I got here, we started off, like, 2-21, something like that. [It was 2-16.] I'm not going to lie, there were a lot of nights I didn't get any sleep. To go from that to now, it's been lovely."

After absorbing an initial surge from the Nets, the Hawks took control in the second quarter. A 15-2 run lifted the Hawks from a 45-43 deficit to a 58-47 lead that was never challenged. With Mike Bibby, Jamal Crawford, Al Horford, Josh Smith and Johnson on the floor for most of the run, the Hawks shut down the Nets.

In that run, Smith intercepted a pass by Nets guard Devin Harris that led to an alley-oop dunk on the other end and grabbed four rebounds. Johnson literally took the ball out of center Brook Lopez's hands to set up another score. The Nets scored one time in eight trips down the floor, and by the time they scored again the game was over.

Next stop, 2-22.

"They have nothing to lose," Crawford said of losing teams such as the Nets. "They can come out and try to create anything to get energy. You have to withstand that and once you get that, you settle into what you do, and that's when we kind of took off."

Despite coming into the game as the worst shooting team in the league, the Nets shot 50.6 percent from the floor, their best rate of the season. The Hawks made 53.3 percent of their attempts from the field and had assists on 32 of their 49 baskets. They simply had too much for the Nets.

Said Nets coach Kiki Vandeweghe, "The bottom line is the Hawks are just a tough team."

Swingman Mo Evans, starting in place of Marvin Williams (upset stomach), led the team in scoring with a season-best 22 points. He made all four of his 3-point shots. It's the first time Evans, who has 55 points in the past three games, has led the team this season in scoring.

"He's a veteran who patiently waited," Woodson said. "He's getting opportunities to play and he's taking advantage of it."

FG FT Reb

NEW JERSEY Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Hassell 21:49 6-6 1-2 0-3 2 3 13

Boone 18:43 4-6 0-1 3-5 3 5 8

Lopez 37:59 8-12 3-3 5-12 1 2 19

Harris 36:37 9-18 4-5 0-2 9 1 23

Lee 33:04 5-10 2-2 0-2 3 1 13

TWilliams 26:06 8-14 1-2 1-7 2 0 18

Najera 13:37 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 3

Alston 22:48 0-8 2-2 0-3 3 3 2

Simmons 21:39 3-9 0-0 1-1 0 4 7

SWilliams 7:38 0-2 1-2 0-1 0 0 1

Totals 240:00 44-87 14-19 10-38 23 21 107

Percentages: FG .506, FT .737.

3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Najera 1-1, T.Williams 1-1, Harris 1-2, Lee 1-2, Simmons 1-2, Alston 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 14 (15 PTS).

Blocked Shots: 5 (S.Williams 3, Boone, Lopez).

Turnovers: 13 (Harris 4, Alston 3, Lopez 3, Simmons 2, T.Williams).

Steals: 9 (Simmons 3, Alston 2, Lee 2, Hassell, T.Williams).

Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 7:35 second; Defensive three second, 7:18 third.

FG FT Reb

ATLANTA Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Evans 34:03 8-13 2-2 4-9 2 2 22

JosSmith 25:49 5-10 6-9 1-8 4 2 16

Horford 27:25 7-12 2-3 2-9 2 3 16

Bibby 26:55 5-8 0-0 1-3 5 2 12

Johnson 30:46 7-12 5-5 1-3 10 2 21

Pachulia 18:42 2-5 3-6 4-8 1 1 7

Crawford 32:15 5-13 1-1 1-3 5 1 13

Teague 24:29 5-9 1-1 0-1 3 0 12

Hunter 8:45 1-5 0-0 2-4 0 1 2

Morris 7:38 3-4 1-2 0-3 0 3 7

Collins 3:13 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2

Totals 240:00 49-92 21-29 16-51 32 17 130

Percentages: FG .533, FT .724.

3-Point Goals: 11-17, .647 (Evans 4-4, Bibby 2-3, Johnson 2-3, Crawford 2-5, Teague 1-2).

Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 13 (12 PTS).

Blocked Shots: 3 (Collins, Horford, Jos.Smith).

Turnovers: 12 (Bibby 3, Jos.Smith 3, Teague 2, Crawford, Horford, Morris, Pachulia).

Steals: 12 (Johnson 4, Horford 2, Jos.Smith 2, Teague 2, Crawford, Evans).

Technical Fouls: None.

Flagrant Fouls: Evans, 0:50.4 third.

New Jersey 29 21 32 25 --- 107

Atlanta 31 31 39 29 --- 130

A --- 14,015 (18,729). T --- 2:16.

Officials --- Greg Willard, Tommy Nunez, Kevin Fehr.

Next for Hawks

Who: vs. Grizzlies

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

TV; radio: FSSO; 790

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