by Alex Sims, January 17, 2013
The Brooklyn Nets had built an NBA-leading seven game win streak, but saw it come to an abrupt end on Wednesday night in Atlanta.
Less than 24 hours after winning their seventh straight game in a wild 113-106 shootout with Toronto, Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets simply didn’t have enough in the tank as the Hawks ran away with a 109-95 victory.
"They had a different gear, a different motor, than we did," D-Will said. "It was pretty evident from the jump that we couldn’t keep up."
Brooklyn more than tripled Toronto’s output in transition on Tuesday night, but saw the script completely flipped on Wednesday. The Hawks netted 29 points in transition, outscoring the Nets by 17 on fast breaks.
"They definitely had the advantage in transition," Deron admitted. "I think they knew we played last night and played a lot of minutes, and used that to their advantage."
D-Will tallied 12 points, nine assists and five rebounds, but struggled to find an offensive rhythm after logging nearly 43 minutes the night before. As a team, the Nets shot just 42 percent from the floor and 15 percent from three.
"We were never really in sync," No. 8 said, "and a lot of our shots went short."
Nets guard Joe Johnson was playing his first game in Atlanta since leaving the Hawks this offseason. Brooklyn had high hopes of securing a win for Johnson against his former team, but the Hawks were well prepared, blanketing Johnson whenever he touched the ball.
"We wanted to get it for him," D-Will said. "We knew he wanted this game, and I wish we could have put forth a better effort. But they played good. They came out, had a great game plan and [Hawks coach Larry] Drew had them ready to play."
On the bright side, Brooklyn (23-16) will have another shot against Atlanta (22-16) on Friday night at home.
The Nets traveled home on Wednesday night and will be met there by the Hawks at the end of the week for part two of the home-and-home series. D-Will is looking forward to the opportunity to reverse Brooklyn’s misfortune from Wednesday night.
"It is (frustrating). But you can't win them all," Deron said after the loss. "It would have been nice to get them tonight, but we play them again on Friday."
While Johnson would love to pick up the win against his former squad, he’s more focused on his current team heading into Friday night’s rematch.
"It’s not about the Hawks," Johnson said. "I expect a different Nets team Friday night."
The rematch is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. EST at the Barclays Center and will air on the YES Network.
- About-Face as Slumping Hawks Crush Sizzling Nets (New York Times, January 16, 2013)
- Hawks dominate Nets, ending winning streak at seven (Newsday, January 16, 2013)
- Brooklyn Nets see winning streak end at seven games (New York Daily News, January 16, 2013)
- Nets’ win streak snapped in Johnson’s Atlanta homecoming (New York Post, January 17, 2013)