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By George Henry, Associated Press
ATLANTA—Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche each scored 18 points, Deron Williams added 17 and the Brooklyn Nets won their third straight game with a 93-80 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.
Al Horford finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who seemed lethargic after losing in overtime at Boston on Friday. Atlanta has lost two straight and five of six.
Brooklyn had a better performance coming off its 17-point home victory over Washington on Friday in which Williams set the NBA record with nine 3-pointers in a half and scored a season-high 42 points.
Lopez, who finished with nine rebounds, scored 14 points in the third, including a runner that gave Brooklyn its first 20-point lead.Read the full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.
By Matt Winklejohn, for NBA.com
TURNING POINT: Tied at 23 after one quarter, the Nets seized this one in the second quarter and their bench and Atlanta's turnovers made the difference.
As Brooklyn outscored Atlanta 28-14, subs Keith Bogans (six points), Blatche (four), C.J. Watson (four) andMirza Teletovic (three) outpaced the Hawks' bench 17-4. The Nets' third straight victory was cemented as they scored nine points off five Atlanta turnovers in the period, and the Hawks did not score off a Brooklyn turnover.
HOT: With a battery of half hooks and post moves, Lopez scored 12 points in the third quarter on 6-for-9 shooting...Joe Johnson and Blatche each had four steals for Brooklyn...Blatche shot 9-for-11.
Brooklyn Nets (37-26)
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Reggie Evans||C · Brook Lopez|
Atlanta Hawks (34-28)
|G · Jeff Teague||G · Kyle Korver||F · Josh Smith||F · Al Horford||C · Johan Petro|
Lou Williams (torn ACL, right knee) is OUT.
Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) is a GAME-TIME DECISION.
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|18 PTS, 9 REB
8-16 FGs, 2-3 3Ps
2 AST, 2 BLK
|18 PTS, 4 REB
2 AST, 4 STL
|"From the point we were down 10, we couldn't play much better. We only had two turnovers in the second half, our defensive energy and their attention to the gameplan was really, really good all night."|