[January 07, 2014]NEW YORK — It's a new year and
apparently a new attitude in Brooklyn.
The Nets have embraced the in-with-the-new and out-with-the-old
mentality in a big way, beating the Atlanta Hawks 91-86 Monday
night at Barclays Center, to match their season high with three
"We're undefeated this year," guard Alan Anderson said. "We just
keep that rolling, man. We know we have a couple of tough games
ahead of us, but we're taking it one game at a time, one practice at
a time and keep building."
Guard Joe Johnson broke out of a personal slump to score a game-high
23 points, forward Mirza Teletovic had 16 points off the bench,
Anderson had 14 points and guard Shaun Livingston added 12 points
and five rebounds to pace the Nets, who also won three straight
games from Dec. 7-12.
Anderson stepped in for the injured Deron Williams (sprained left
ankle) and helped spark Brooklyn's third-quarter comeback, scoring
nine of his 14 in the quarter.
Teletovic made sure the Nets' third-quarter woes didn't continue by
scoring nine points on 3-of-4 from 3-point range in just four
minutes as Brooklyn (13-21) took a 72-67 lead into the fourth
Guard Jeff Teague and forward Paul Millsap each had 16 points and
five assists and forwards DeMarre Carroll and Elton Brand scored 10
points apiece for Atlanta, which took a 78-77 lead with 6:35 left in
the fourth, its first lead since early in the third quarter.
However, Johnson heated up and the Nets went on a 7-0 run to extend
When the Hawks pulled within two points in the final minute, Johnson
kicked the ball out to Teletovic, who buried a 3-pointer with 44.6
seconds remaining to extend the Nets lead to 89-84.
"That's what he does," Nets coach Jason Kidd said of Teletovic.
"We've always counted on him to be able to knock down 3s and tonight
he did that for us."
The Nets also stepped it up defensively, holding Atlanta to 34
points in the second half, matching the fewest points they have
allowed in any half this season.
"We're seeing how much our defense is generating our offense, easy
baskets, getting in the open court, the ball movement," Anderson
said. "And we're talking a lot more on defense. Once we do that,
it's a lot more fun when you see us getting easy baskets, layups and
stuff like that."
Brooklyn went ice cold in the final three and a half minutes
of the second quarter and Atlanta (18-17) ended the first half
on an 11-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from the top of the key by
forward Gustavo Ayon to take a 52-46 lead into the locker room.
After going 1-for-12 from 3-point range in the first half,
Brooklyn attacked the basket early in the third quarter to spark
a 14-0 run and take a 60-52 lead, matching its largest of the
"I think the game really changed coming out of the third
quarter," Atlanta coach Mike Budenhozer said. "They went on a
big run, we went from up six to down six. I think in a lot of
ways that's where the game was won."
The Nets' winning streak will be put to a big test in the final
two games of the four-game homestand with Golden State (23-13),
which has a league-high nine-game winning streak, and defending
champion Miami (26-8) coming to Brooklyn.
Meanwhile, its back to Atlanta and back to the basics for the
Hawks, who look to snap a season-high three-game losing streak
against Indiana Wednesday.
"We have to toughen up," Millsap said. "They were able to get a
lot of offensive rebounds on us while we missed a few
assignments. A lot of it's discipline and we just have to get
back to being disciplined."
NOTES: Nets G Deron Williams missed Monday's game with a
sprained left ankle, Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd announced before
the game. It is the third time Williams, who is averaging 13.6
points and 6.9 assists per game, has been sidelined with an
ankle injury. Kidd said Williams' ankle swelled up Sunday night
and he had an MRI in the morning. G Alan Anderson started in
place of Williams. "This is another chance for someone to step
up and Alan has that opportunity," Kidd said. ... The Nets'
four-game homestand continues Wednesday against Golden State.
... With a 3-pointer in the first quarter, G Kyle Korver
extended his streak to 104 consecutive games with at least one
made 3-point field goal, the longest in NBA history. ... Out for
Atlanta were C Al Horford (right pectoral muscle surgery) and G
John Jenkins (low back pain). ... The Hawks return home to take
on Indiana Wednesday.