Joe Johnson scores 23, Nets steal one from Hawks

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The Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks in a close one, 91-86. Brooklyn (13-21) has now won three straight.

Joe Johnson put up 23 points on 10-22 shooting, including 1-5 on 3-point attempts. Alan Anderson also contributed for Brooklyn, finishing with 14 points and 5 rebounds. On 5-15 shooting (1-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-7 from the free throw line, Jeff Teague put up 16 points for Atlanta in the loss. DeMarre Carroll added 10 points and 7 rebounds.

Poor shooting (eFG% of 44.3%) combined with sloppy ball-handling (TO% of 20.1) proved too much to overcome for the Hawks. On the season, they are winless (0-2) when posting an eFG% of worse than 45% while also giving the ball away on more than 17% of their possessions. The Nets are undefeated (2-0) when coaxing their opponents into such substandard offensive showings.

Atlanta (18-17) has now lost three straight games.

Coming up next, the Nets take on the Golden State Warriors, who are 23-13 on the year. The Hawks match up against the Indiana Pacers, currently 27-6 this season.

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