Lue lifts Hawks over Nets
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Tyronn Lue hit the game-winning shot
as the clock expired, as the Atlanta Hawks bested the New Jersey Nets, 101-99,
in overtime at Continental Airlines Arena.
Joe Johnson had 37 points, including 14 in the third quarter, eight assists
and five rebounds while Josh Smith added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the
Hawks, who have won three of their last four games. Marvin Williams donated 12
points and Zaza Pachulia finished with 10 points and six rebounds in the win.
Vince Carter poured in 27 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed seven
rebounds and Marcus Williams chipped in 18 points for the Nets, who have lost
three straight. Mikki Moore and Jason Kidd each scored 13 while Kidd handed
out 11 assists and Moore pulled down seven boards in the loss.
“We put ourselves in a very precarious position. We fought back, but this game
is 48 minutes and we lose again on another buzzer beater,” said Nets head
coach Lawrence Frank. “It’s just disheartening when we’re not giving maximum
effort because that’s something we had been doing and that’s going to be the
only way for us to win.”
After a pair of Williams’ free throws put New Jersey up 92-89, Smith took over
with the next six Atlanta points.
Lue’s jumper pushed the score to 97-94 with 14.4 ticks remaining in the
extra session, but Carter was fouled driving to the basket. He sank both from
the charity stripe, bringing the Nets within 97-96 with 11.4 seconds to play.
Lue then hit two at the line with 9.4 seconds left to make it a three-point
ballgame, but Carter came through in the clutch and hit a long distance shot
with 2.9 on the clock to tie the game at 99.
Lue then faked out Antoine Wright and found himself open for the game-
Tied at 75, the Hawks netted seven straight points, ending with Smith’s trey,
but the Nets came right back with seven points of their own, highlighted by
Carter’s layup, to tie the score 82-82.
Marvin Williams then drained a jumper followed by a bucket from Johnson for an
86-82 margin with 43 seconds on the clock, but Carter drove to the hoop for a
layup and then Kidd made a long pass to Marcus Williams for the game-tying
layup with 10.7 seconds left.
Smith had a chance to end the game in regulation but his trey was no good.
Pachulia’s layup with the clock running down cut the deficit to 24-22 after
the first quarter and the Hawks took a 43-42 lead into the locker room after
Marvin Williams’ layup with 4.4 ticks on the clock.
Kidd’s layup gave the Nets a 52-47 lead, but the Hawks closed the third with
a 20-8 streak, including 12 points from Johnson, for a 67-60 score heading
into the final frame.
The Nets have given up at least 100 points to their last seven opponents
(2-5)…The last home loss for the Nets against the Hawks was a 104-102
overtime loss on February 27, 2000…New Jersey shot 49 percent from the
floor, while the Hawks connected on 46 percent of their shots from the
field…New Jersey shot an abysmal 59 percent from the line, compared to 90
percent for the Hawks…Atlanta won the battle of the boards, 39-36.