March 23, 2012
Smith scores 30 as Hawks hold off Nets
ATLANTA—Josh Smith was proud of the Atlanta Hawks' latest effort against another struggling Eastern Conference team.
Smith had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead Atlanta to a 93-84 victory over the Nets on Friday night.
Jeff Teague had 17 points and six assists, Joe Johnson scored 16 and Kirk Hinrich added 14 for the Hawks. Atlanta won for the fourth time in five games to pull within four percentage points of Indiana, which lost 113-111 to Phoenix, for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
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THE STAT: As expected, especially with Nets center Brook Lopez sidelined with a persistent foot injury, the Hawks whipped the Nets in the paint 50-28. New Jersey was done in, however, by its long-distance game. They entered the game averaging 8.3 made treys per game (second in the NBA), and shooting 34.7 percent from distance. Friday, they made just 6-of-25 (25 percent).
NOTABLE: Jordan Farmar was back in action after missing four straight games with a groin pull, and he had five points and two turnovers in 12:42.
For more, read Adam Figman's NBA.com notebook
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|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
20 PTS, 8 AST
4 REB, 9-20 FGs