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Nets Self Destruct

After leading for three quarters, the struggling Nets imploded defensively losing to the homestanding Hawks 93-84. Hawks forward Josh Smith scored 13 of his 30 points in the paint on an array of dunks, hooks and jumpers.

Throughout most of the first half, Nets coach Avery Johnson pleaded with his squad to get in the correct offensive positions. For the newly acquired Gerald Wallace struggling with the offensive sets was understandable but not for the other members of the team.

Deron Williams carried the Nets in the first half with 12 points of his team high 20 points. Kris Humphries was the only other Nets starter in double figures. Four Hawks starters scored in double figures led by Josh Smith’s 30 points.

Seven turnovers in the second half tossed the Nets hopes of winning a sixteenth game in the crapper. The front line of Humphries, Shelden Williams, and Wallace gave up 16 fourth quarter points in the paint. Gerald Green and Anthony Morrow chipped in 10 and 11 points off the bench. Morrow’s contribution came at the high price of inaccuracy. The swingman was 5 of 16 from the field including a dismal 1 of 5 in the final period.

Morrow wasn’t the only Nets player to suffer shooting woes in the fourth. As a team, the Nets shot 27.8% from the field over the final 12 minute span.

Play of the Night: Deron Williams attempt to posterize Hawks forward Ivan Johnson. Williams lost his defender and took off in an attempt to punch one from just outside the semi-circle over a stationary Johnson. Good thought – bad execution. At a rock-like 260 pounds Johnson didn’t cooperate as Williams attempted to lean towards the rim crashing and burning in the process (see pics in slideshow below). A dunker with a longer sleeve length, say about 42-44 inches, may have pulled off the spectacular play.



Nets 84 - Hawks 93

  • Hawks guard Jeff Teague gets ahead of the pack for a fast break layup.

  • Pic Left: Hawks F-Ivan Johnson swats away the reverse layup from Jordan Williams. Pic Right: Nets F- Jordan Williams gets 2 of his 8 points on a fastbreak layup.

  • Nets G Deron Williams tries and fails to dunk over Hawks F-Ivan Johnson.

  • Hawks F- Josh Smith attempts to block the shot of Gerald Wallace.

  • Jeff Teague picks the pocket of Nets G- Marshon Brooks.

  • Hawks G- Kirk Hinrich lays the ball in ahead of the Nets defense.

  • Hawks Jerry Stackhouse reaches out as Nets G- Deron Williams spins back towards the baseline.

  • Pic Left: Nets G- Gerald Green gets back and gets up to knock away the dunk attempt by Jeff Teague. Pic Right: Nets G-Marshon Brooks gets the one-hander off over two Hawks defender.

  • Deron Williams spins and fades before knocking down a jump shot over Hawks C- Jason Collins.

  • Hawks G-Joe Johnson arrives too late to defend the Gerald Wallace three pointer.

  • Nets G- Deron Williams knocks down the leaner ahead of the defense of Hawks G- Kirk Hinrich.

  • Hawks F- Josh Smith glides in uncontested for a two-handed slam.

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