ATLANTA, Jan. 17 (Ticker) -- Antoine Walker
's struggles helped New Jersey wrap up a season sweep of the Atlanta Hawks.
Walker missed 15 of 18 shots, then made a free throw when his team needed a miss,
allowing the Nets to post an 85-84 triumph over the Hawks and
end their four-game losing streak.
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Despite his eighth straight double-double, Walker endured a rough game in which he was 0-of-6 from 3-point range
overall and 0-of-4 from the field in the fourth quarter. Even
an 8-of-12 performance from the line was hollow as the 66
percent free-throw shooter sank a shot from the line with his
team down, 85-83, with 1.1 seconds to go.
Walker, who missed a free throw he needed to make on the
previous possession, sighed as his teammates crashed the boards
expecting the miss. New Jersey inbounded the ball successfully,
ending any hopes Atlanta had of extending its home winning
streak to three games.
"You can't make it look like you missed it on purpose or the
referees will call you on it," said Walker. "You have to miss it
a certain way. I was just trying to miss it short and it went
"I didn't think (my game) was that bad," Walker added. "I don't care that much
(about the statistics). It was just a tough
shooting night. ... It was a tough game to swallow."
Walker was on the line in the waning seconds because New Jersey
coach Lawrence Frank
decided to foul Walker after Jason Collins
missed a free throw with 1.9 seconds remaining, even though
Walker was 90 feet from the basket.
"I will never live down not fouling (Detroit's) Chauncey Billups
in Game 5 (of the 2004 Eastern Conference semifinals). It's
my philosophy and even if they did not have a play, I will live
and Jason Kidd
led New Jersey (13-24) with 23
points apiece despite shooting a combined 17-of-43 from the
field. New Jersey shot just 39 percent (32-of-82) and was
"Vince (Carter) controlled it early. He was very aggressive and
that's what we needed," said Kidd, who scored 19 points in the
second half. I just tried to join the party."
scored 22 points and Walker added 14 and 11
rebounds for the Hawks (7-28), who were swept in a season series
by the Nets for the first time.
"We didn't have it tonight offensively," said Walker. "I didn't
have it individually and we missed some shots that we usually