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Joe Johnson, Andray Blatche carry Nets by Hawks

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Andray Blatche came off the bench and scored 20 points and recorded 14 rebounds and 6 assists in an impressive all-around performance to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a victory over the Atlanta Hawks, 127-110. The Nets had a strong shooting performance in this one, going 53-91 (58.2%) from the field, including 16-27 (59.3%) from three-point range. Brooklyn (16-22) has now won seven of their last 10 games.

Blatche went 10-18 from the field. Other key players for Brooklyn included Joe Johnson with 29 points and 5 assists, and Paul Pierce with 18 points and 6 assists. On 6-9 shooting, including 3-3 from behind the arc, Shelvin Mack put up 17 points off the bench for Atlanta in the loss. He also registered 7 assists.

Along with their eFG% of 67.0%, the Nets connected at a rate of 59.3% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 2-2 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Hawks are winless (0-7) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

This drops Atlanta (20-19) to 0-2 against Brooklyn on the year.

Coming up next, the Nets take on the New York Knicks, who are 15-23 on the year. The Hawks match up with the Miami Heat, currently 27-11 this season. The Nets are 0-1 versus New York this season. The Hawks have fallen to Miami the last two times they have met.


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