Hawks hold off NetsDec 31, 2011 - 4:13 AM Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jeff Teague scored 22 points and Joe Johnson had 21, including nine in the fourth quarter, as the Atlanta Hawks held off the New Jersey Nets to take a 105-98 victory at Philips Arena.
Teague added six assists, while Al Horford had 12 points and Marvin Williams and Zaza Pachulia each netted 11 for the Hawks, who started the season 3-0 for the second straight year.
"We're playing well. I think tonight was probably the worst game we played, but I know we got a win so I know we can't complain," said Teague. "They made good plays and we just made stops at the end like a good team should."
Deron Williams had a game-high 23 points to go along with six assists and rookie MarShon Brooks contributed 21 points, but also had a costly mistake late in the fourth quarter in New Jersey's third straight loss.
Kris Humphries recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort.
Trailing 90-83 with 5:40 left in the fourth quarter, New Jersey reeled off a 7-2 run to get within 92-90 with 3:46 left in the game on Anthony Morrow's three-pointer.
After the Nets cut the lead to 95-94 a little over a minute later, Teague was fouled on a layup and his three-point play put the Hawks up by four.
Williams quickly brought New Jersey back to two with a layup, but each team then failed to convert on their next touches to keep it a 98-96 game into the final minute.
Johnson then made a floater in the lane with 20.6 seconds left in the game to put the Hawks back up by four. Coming out of a timeout, Brooks was well defended on the throw-in and tried to call another timeout.
However, New Jersey was out of timeouts and was called for a technical foul. Johnson made the free throw and was quickly fouled again, leading to two more at the charity stripe to put Atlanta ahead, 103-96, and seal the victory.
"He just got caught up in a bad situation. We didn't have any timeouts and he just forgot," Nets head coach Avery Johnson said. "It's on us as a coaching staff. We've got to do a better job of reminding him more when he's in that situation."
After a closely contested first quarter that saw eight lead changes, two ties and ended with the Nets holding a 20-19 advantage on Johan Petro's jumper, Atlanta scored 11 of the first 14 points of the second quarter to jump out to a 30-23 lead.
Pachulia scored the final eight points of the spurt, including two at the free throw line.
New Jersey answered with a 7-2 run to get back within two at 32-30 with less than three minutes remaining in the half, but the Hawks closed out the second quarter strong to take a 43-37 lead into the break on Williams' half-court shot at the buzzer.
New Jersey cut its deficit to one a couple of times in the third quarter, but Atlanta was able to answer each time and held a 76-72 lead after three.
Atlanta had not had a scorer reach 20 points in a game this season prior to Teague and Johnson on Friday...This was the second meeting between the teams this year. The Hawks opened the season with a 106-70 blowout victory over the Nets on the road...New Jersey made 13-of-14 free throws, while Atlanta went 27-for-38 at the charity stripe.
- NEW JERSEY: 98
Dec 30 9:55 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 72
End of 3rd
Dec 30 9:17 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 37
Dec 30 8:34 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 19
End of 1st
Dec 30 8:03 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Dec 30 7:41 PM
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