Atlanta Hawks quiet Brooklyn Nets, win fifth straight game


The Atlanta Hawks won their fifth straight game tonight after shutting down the Brooklyn Nets offensively, winning 98-75.

Atlanta’s improved defense was evident yet again in this game, as Brooklyn shot just 37.5 percent from the field and made just three of their 18 shots from behind the 3-point line.

In addition to the defense, DeMarre Carroll and Dennis Schroder had big games for the Hawks with the former scoring 16 points in the first half and the latter going +20 with 13 points in 18 minutes on the court.

Carroll led the team with 18 points on the night, shooting 7-for-10, from the field and an impressive 4-for-5 from deep. He also tacked on six rebounds for good measure.

After some mediocre shooting from the bench players, the Hawks finished with a 43.2 field goal percentage. Still, with the defensive performance they pulled out tonight, that was more than enough to get the job done.

This is the second time this season that the Hawks have held their opponent to just 75 points, and during this five-game winning streak Atlanta has held opponents to less than 100 points three times.

Brooklyn center Brook Lopez scored 20 for the Nets, but aside from him no player scored more than 12 points. Joe Johnson was the only other player on the team to get in the double digits in the points column, and he only did that after going to the charity stripe four times and knocking all of his free throws down.

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The defensive pressure the Hawks have been showing is a huge improvement from last season, and when coupled with their team-oriented offense, is incredibly nice to see. That, and you know–the longest winning streak of the season.

Fun times for the Hawks.

They get back at it this Sunday when the come back to Philips Arena to host the Denver Nuggets.