Brook Lopez scores 23 points as Nets tip slumping Hawks

ATLANTA — The Brooklyn Nets have struggled to strengthen any lead, generally on a road, while compiling a NBA’s misfortune record.

This time, Brook Lopez and a Nets answered any plea from Atlanta.

Lopez scored 23 points and a Nets kick Atlanta 107-92 on Sunday, handing a short-handed Hawks their seventh true loss.

The Hawks were though 3 starters, including Paul Millsap.

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The Nets led by 22 points in a initial half and regrouped for usually their sixth highway win after Atlanta pulled within 5 points early in a second half.

“I don’t wish to contend progressing in a deteriorate we would have folded, though we don’t consider we would have finished a good pursuit of holding on, and holding a restraint a approach we did,” Lopez said.

Lopez pronounced a win “shows a expansion and how most we’ve softened given a start of a season.”

Lopez became a Nets’ career personality in margin goals, flitting Buck Williams, done when he sank a 10-foot jumper with reduction than 5 mins remaining.

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Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin honour any other on a win.

Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin honour any other on a win.

(Curtis Compton/AP)

Jeremy Lin had 19 points for a Nets (16-57), who have won 3 of 4 and are 7-8 in March.

The Hawks began a day tied with Milwaukee for fifth in a Eastern Conference. Atlanta’s slip has come as Millsap has missed 5 true games with left knee tightness.

The Hawks also were though Kent Bazemore, who missed his fourth true diversion with a right knee bone bruise, and Thabo Sefolosha (right groin strain).

Dennis Schroder led Atlanta with 24 points. Rookie brazen Taurean Price had 17 points in his initial start.

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The seven-game losing strain matches Atlanta’s longest of a season.

Hawks core Dwight Howard, who had 19 points and 16 rebounds, pronounced players “have to quarrel for any other” and “can’t concede a rivalry to be ourselves. The rivalry has to be a other team.”

Added Howard: “There are times we have to do a softened pursuit collectively of staying together and staying strong, generally when we have tough times.”

Nets ensure Jeremy Lin (l.) shoots as Hawks brazen Ersan Ilyasova defends.

Nets ensure Jeremy Lin (l.) shoots as Hawks brazen Ersan Ilyasova defends.

(John Amis/AP)

Brooklyn led 19-18 before stretching a lead to 43-21 with a 24-3 run that lonesome a finish of a initial duration and a initial 3 mins of a second.

Atlanta was hold though a margin idea in a second entertain until Schroder’s jumper with 7:32 remaining.

The Hawks recovered to route 55-48 during halftime and twice cut a necessity to 5 points early in a second half. Caris LeVert had 4 points in a 10-0 run that pushed a Nets’ lead to 67-52.


Nets: Lopez got a 7 margin goals he indispensable to pass Williams’ group record of 3,981. … G Joe Harris (sprained left shoulder) and G Sean Kilpatrick (strained left hamstring) did not play. … The Nets’ final win during Atlanta had been Mar 9, 2013. … The Nets scored 31 points off Atlanta’s 21 turnovers. … Brooklyn softened a highway record to 6-30.

Hawks: Howard’s sixth miscarry done him a 15th actor in NBA story with 16,000 points and 12,000 rebounds. … Ersan Ilyasova had 18 rebounds and 9 points. Howard and Ilyasova are initial Atlanta teammates with during slightest 15 rebounds given Josh Smith and Al Horford opposite Milwaukee on Mar 20, 2013. …. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16 points though shot usually 5 of 16 from a field.


Ersan Ilyasova tries to hoop a lax round opposite Brook Lopez.

Ersan Ilyasova tries to hoop a lax round opposite Brook Lopez.

(John Amis/AP)

Hawks manager Mike Budenholzer pronounced Millsap has had flourishing in a knee and an MRI “was clean, zero unusual.” Budenholzer pronounced a devise is “just stability to guard him and rehab and wish for a best.”


Nets manager Kenny Atkinson, a Hawks partner from 2012-16, had a revisit from Millsap after a game. Millsap stranded out his palm to quickly miscarry a postgame news conference.

“I don’t stop my press discussion for only anybody,” Atkinson pronounced after a handshake.


Nets: Host 76ers on Tuesday.

Hawks: Host Suns on Tuesday.

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