The Hawks took a 3-2 series lead Wednesday night, but the Nets more than proved that this is an even matchup, using a big fourth quarter run to make things intriguing. Atlanta held off the Nets, 107-97, at Philips Arena as the series shifts back to Brooklyn for Game 6 Friday (8 p.m., ESPN).
A 3-pointer by Bojan Bogdanovic early in the fourth cut Atlanta’s lead to six and back-to-back 3’s from Joe Johnson late in the fourth brought the Nets to within three, but a pair of Al Horford jumpers and some Jeff Teague magic in the paint proved too much for Brooklyn. The Nets shot themselves in the feet in the first quarter as the Hawks outscored them 33-16.
Alan Anderson had a monster game for the Nets off the bench, producing 23 points while going 4-for-4 from 3-point land. Jarrett Jack was also strong off the bench for the Nets, contributing 18 points.
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Coming off his own big scoring night, Deron Williams was held to just five points.
DeMarre Carroll, Horford and Teague all had 20 or more points to lead the Hawks in scoring.