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Paul Pierce, Brooklyn Nets Rout Atlanta Hawks in London

January 17th, 2014 at 12:08 PM
By Martin Mihaly

'Paul Pierce' photo (c) 2013, BostonFoundation - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The Brooklyn Nets trip to London turned out to be a huge success as they blew out the Atlanta Hawks, 127-110.  All 12 players that Jason Kidd used had at least one bucket.

Offensively, Brooklyn was scorching hot from the field.  Collectively, the team shot 58 percent from the floor.  Only two players, Tyshawn Taylor and Jason Terry, shot below 50 percent.  Kidd could have probably got in on the act himself and had a good game despite retiring last season.  Yeah, it was that kind of game for Brooklyn.

The Nets finished with a season-high 38 assists.  Joe Johnson scored 29 points, hit 11 of 15 shots from the field including six of eight from three-point range, had five assists and four boards.  Paul Pierce had 18 points and six assists as he shot eight of 16 from the field.  Alan Anderson made four three's.  Terry led the team with his seven assists.

Coming off the bench, Andray Blatche was outstanding.  He scored 20 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out six dimes.  The only negative to his stat sheet was his five turnovers, but after a performance like that you can live with some mistakes.  

Atlanta simply had no answer for the Nets as Brooklyn scored 31 points in the first quarter, 34 points each in the second and third quarters and 28 in the fourth.  The 110 points the Hawks put up will usually win you a game, but not with the way the Nets played on Thursday.  

"We had a lot of ball movement and took a lot of open shots," said Johnson.

"The ball was moving, guys were looking for each other and finding each other," said Kidd.

Atlanta was able to stay in range as they only trailed by four at the end of the first quarter.  From there on, though, the Nets were able to push the doors open.  The Nets led by 12 at halftime after Johnson hit a buzzer-beating three.  The Nets largest lead of the game was 33.  

For the Hawks, it was a rough outing for coach Mike Budenholzer and his squad.  Not only did his team struggle mightily on the defensive end, but his three best players were far from their best.  

Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver all struggled with their shot.  Millsap made just five of his 14 attempts and scored 13 points.  Teague made all eight of his free throw attempts but hit on just 4 of 13 field goal tries.  Korver made just one three-pointer as he shot one of nine from the field with eight attempts from three-point range.

Shelvin Mack and Mike Scott came off the bench to have the best games for the Hawks.  Each player scored 17 points and Mack also had seven assists.  

The Nets will return stateside having won six of their last seven games to face the New York Knicks on Monday at Madison Square Garden.  They may also have Deron Williams back for that game. 

That would be another boost to a team that's starting to find its stride.

Tags: Andray Blatche, Atlanta, Atlanta Hawks, Basketball, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nets, Jason Kidd, Jeff Teague, Joe Johnson, NBA, Paul Pierce

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