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GAME 4: HAWKS 105, NETS 98

Phillips Arena
December 30, 2011

Teague, Johnson lead Hawks past Nets
ATLANTAThe Atlanta Hawks knew that they couldn't win every game by double-figures and found out that they could win a close game, too.

Jeff Teague had 22 points and six assists, while Joe Johnson added 21, including the final seven points of the game, as the Hawks moved to 3-0, beating the Nets 105-98 Friday night at Philips Arena.

Deron Williams scored a game-high 23 for New Jersey, and rookie MarShon Brooks added 21. Kris Humphries had a double-double for the Nets, scoring 10 points and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds.

For more, read George Henry's AP game recap: Click Here
or view the TV Companion enhanced box score.


ROOKIE WATCH: MarShon Brooks was electrifying. The rookie had 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting, while making all four free throws and even pulling down five rebounds (second on the team behind Kris Humphries). Brooks came on in the fourth quarter, going 3-for-4, hitting his lone three-pointer, making all four free throws and scoring nine points in all, one behind Williams in the frame. He even blocked a shot by Tracy McGrady, who is three inches taller.

HOT: The Nets had shot only 2-for-7 from three in the first half, but heated up from behind the arc big time in the second half, draining 7-for-13 attempts (53.8 percent). Anthony Morrow hit three of his four tries from downtown, including 2-for-3 in the third quarter, when the Nets shot 62.5 from three.

For more, read Jon Cooper's notebook: Click Here

NETS NOTES G Anthony Morrow finally broke his shooting slump, hitting 3-of-5 three-point attempts, as did C Mehmet Okur, who finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists...F Kris Humphries again led the team in rebounding, posting a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards...G Sundiata Gaines chipped in 10 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.



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Deron Williams
23 PTS, 6 AST
9-18 FG, 1-3 3P

MarShon Brooks
On his play, including a late-game miscue:

"The play I made down the stretch helped keep us from winning the game, but we made a lot of progress since the last time we played them.

Coach (Johnson) pulled me to the side and said dont worry about the decision I made. Just continue to play hard."

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