Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The Brooklyn Nets got the result they
desperately needed in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, using a
huge second-half run and a stout defensive effort to pull off a 91-83 victory
over the Atlanta Hawks in Saturday’s Game 3.
Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young and Joe Johnson all recorded double-doubles, and
each scored six points during a pivotal 18-0 tear that bridged the third and
fourth quarters and propelled the Nets to a crucial win after dropping the
series’ first two games in Atlanta.
Lopez finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, Young bounced back from a two-
point effort in Wednesday’s Game 2 by posting 18 points and 11 boards and
Bojan Bogdanovic added 19 points for Brooklyn. Johnson contributed 16 points
and 10 rebounds.
The top-seeded Hawks managed to overcome a 15-point first-quarter deficit to
briefly move ahead in the third, but were ultimately done in by a wretched
shooting display. Atlanta made just 6-of-30 attempts from 3-point range and
ended 35.6 percent overall.
Kyle Korver, the Hawks’ top scorer through the first two games, was held to a
mere two points on a 1-of-8 success rate, while Al Horford was 3-of-12 from
the floor in a seven-point performance.
DeMarre Carroll did register a playoff career-high 22 points for Atlanta, with
Paul Millsap tallying 18 points and 17 rebounds in defeat.
The Hawks will attempt to regroup when Game 4 takes place Monday at the