Off-season acquisition Devin Harris helped the Atlanta Hawks run Joe Johnson and the Brooklyn Nets out of Philips Arena as Atlanta blew out Brooklyn 109-95 on Wednesday, snapping the Nets’ seven-game win streak.
The Hawks snapped their own two-game skid with tonight’s wire-to-wire victory and have now won six straight over the Nets overall.
Jeff Teague led Atlanta with a career-high 28 points and 11 assists (both game-high’s) and was just one of three Hawks who posted a double-double in the 14-point triumph. Al Horford had 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Zaza Pachulia stepped into the starting lineup and flirted with a triple-double finishing with 13 points, 11 boards and a career-high 8 assists. Pachulia played a team-high 39 minutes and shot 5-of-8 from the field overall. Devin Harris filled the stat sheet with 18 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals, while Kyle Korver and Lou Williams each added 11 points apiece.
Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Joe Johnson (15) and Deron Williams (12) combined for 27 points on 33 shot attempts. Backup big men Andray Blatche (12) and Kris Humphries (10) were also in double-figures.
The Hawks ran the Nets out of the gym by scoring 29 fast break points compared to just 12 by Brooklyn, while Atlanta also won the assist battle and almost doubled the opposition’s output with a 33-17 margin.