The Atlanta Hawks dropped their Monday night match-up against the visiting Brooklyn Nets 110-90 at Philips Arena. Brooklyn had six players in double figures, led by Caris Levert’s 17 points. Former Hawk DeMarre Carroll had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in almost 28 minutes of action.
The game was decided during the third quarter. Coming out of halftime, the Hawks led the Nets 54-53. However, the Nets sprinted on a 14-0 run that put the game out of reach.
“It was a really, really highly competitive first half,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Both teams were getting into each other, both teams were really getting after it. It seems like we didn’t have the same juice, the same energy in the third quarter and that does carry over to your shooting.”
Dennis Schröder led the Hawks with 19 points in 30 minutes of action. Kent Bazemore and DeAndre’ Benbry each had 13 points.
“We put too much pressure on our defense by not getting baskets,” Kent Bazemore said. “We had a couple of possessions in a row where we could have cut into the lead but it was tough to make shots. You’ve got to give them credit. They are a well-coached team. They kind of wore us down at the end.”
Atlanta will have the day off before traveling to Orlando to face the Magic at 7pm. The Hawks next home game is Saturday against Orlando. Tip off is set for 7:30pm.