Hawks Fall, But NBA Wins After Exciting Week In London
A few thoughts after tonight’s 127-110 loss to the Nets in London:
– The Nets started hot and never really cooled off. They scored 31 in the first quarter, 34 in the second, 34 in the third and 28 in the fourth. Everything was working for Brooklyn, and the Hawks had trouble in just about every defense they tried.
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– In particular, Joe Johnson got things started. He scored 26 first half points on 10-13 shooting, and Coach Bud decided to send a second defender when he touched the ball in the second half. It slowed Johnson, but he was able to find the open guy, and everyone was making shots. Brooklyn shot 59 percent from three, and most teams won’t lose with that number.
– Once again the starters opened the game slow, but the Hawks continue to get solid bench production. Tonight they got 58 of the 110 points from the six available bench players, including 17 each from Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack to lead the team.
– Kyle Korver had a cold shooting evening but finally did get the one three-pointer he needed to extend his streak to 108 consecutive games with a make. Korver forced it a bit
– James Nunnally got some fourth quarter playing time and made both shot attempts for his first five points as a Hawk. Congrats James! in the second half, but with Brooklyn holding a double digit lead for the final 24 minutes, why not try?
Overall it wasn’t a great game for the Hawks, but that shouldn’t take away from a fantastic trip.
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