ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 30: Marshon Brooks #9 of the New Jersey Nets drives against Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 30, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Hawks Vs. Nets: Josh Smith Scores 26 As Atlanta Defeats New Jersey 106-101

Josh Smith scored 26 points as the Atlanta Hawks won for the seventh time this season defeating the New Jersey Nets 106-101.

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Hawks Vs. Nets Final Score: Atlanta Holds On For 105-101 Victory In New Jersey

Free throw woes in late situations have plagued the Atlanta Hawks in recent weeks but Joe Johnson sank four straight in the final moments as the Hawks held on for a 105-101 win over the New Jersey Nets.

The Hawks jumped out to an early 31-18 lead and then were outscored in every quarter thereafter by the Nets. New Jersey used a solid stroke from three-point range to stay close but it was the Hawks that made enough plays down the stretch to ensure the victory.

Josh Smith came up with his third straight solid performance finishing with 26 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Joe Johnson was equally effective finishing 9-15 from the field for 22 points and also chipped in six assists. Jeff Teague hit all three of his three-point attempts and tossed in 20 points and four assists. Al Horford and Vladimir Radmanovic scored 14 points each to round out the Hawks players in double figures.

New Jersey got 20 points from Anthony Morrow and 19 points from MarShon Brooks as they kept the pressure on the Hawks in the fourth. Brooks and Morrow combined to go 7-12 from three-point range and the Nets as a team finished 11-22. After a slow start, Deron Williams finished with 15 points and 14 assists despite shooting 6-17 from the field. Kris Humphries added 13 points and seven boards before fouling out in the game's final moments.

Atlanta improves to 7-3 on the season and will be back in action on Wednesday night when they will wrap up their two game road trip in Indiana against the Pacers. New Jersey falls to 2-8 with the loss and travel to Denver on Wednesday with a matchup against the Nuggets.

For more on this game Hawks fans should head over to Peachtree Hoops and Nets fans should check out Nets Daily. For more news and analysis on the NBA, check out SB Nation's NBA page.

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Hawks Vs. Nets Score: Atlanta Still In Control Leading 80-71 After Three

Atlanta continues to play well but New Jersey's three-point shooting is keeping them in the game with the Hawks leading the Nets 80-71 at the close of the third quarter.

The Hawks continue to shoot over 55 percent on the floor but may need to dig in with their perimeter defense to close the Nets out. Josh Smith has a game high 21 points to go along with five rebounds and a couple of assists. Jeff Teague has hit all three of his three-point attempts and has 16 points and four assists for the Hawks.

MarShon Brooks had a big third quarter for the Nets and now has 15 points and eight rebounds. Deron Williams has 10 points and 11 assists for the Nets to go along with four turnovers. The Nets have hit 8-15 three-point attempts in the game and 13-16 from the free throw line to help keep themselves in the game.

For more on this game Hawks fans should head over to Peachtree Hoops and Nets fans should check out Nets Daily. For more news and analysis on the NBA, check out SB Nation's NBA page.

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Hawks Vs. Nets Score: Josh Smith's 14 Points Lifts Atlanta To 56-45 Halftime Lead

Josh Smith picked back up right where he left off on Tuesday scoring 14 first half points to help the Atlanta Hawks to a 56-45 lead over the New Jersey Nets at halftime.

Atlanta cooled off somewhat in the second quarter but still finished the half shooting just a tick under 56 percent. Atlanta hit half of its three-point attempts (6-12) and piled up 18 assists on 24 made baskets.

Smith hit 6-8 field goals for his 14 points and also grabbed a team-high five rebounds in the first half. Al Horford hit 5-8 shots for 10 points, four boards and three assists. Joe Johnson scored eight points and handed out five assists while Jeff Teague has eight points and a couple of steals.

Anthony Morrow scored nine points in the half to lead the Nets while Kris Humphries chipped in seven points. Deron Williams finished the half with six points, five assists and two turnovers. Williams went just 2-7 from the field in the first half against the Atlanta defense.

For more on this game Hawks fans should head over to Peachtree Hoops and Nets fans should check out Nets Daily. For more news and analysis on the NBA, check out SB Nation's NBA page.

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Hawks Vs. Nets Score: Josh Smith Lifts Atlanta To 31-18 First Quarter Lead

The Atlanta Hawks jumped out to a fast start behind 10 first quarter points from Josh Smith as they take a first quarter lead of 31-18 over the New Jersey Nets. Atlanta shot over 63 percent in the first quarter making 14-22 field goal attempts.

Smith hit 4-5 attempts and added a couple of rebounds and an assist before heading to the bench with two fouls. Joe Johnson and Al Horford each finished with six points in the first. Johnson dished out a team high three assists in the quarter.

While the Hawks were hot, the offensive struggles of the New Jersey Nets continued as they were just 5-17 in the opening quarter. Anthony Morrow and Shawne Williams each hit three pointers in the opening quarter and lead the team with three points. Deron Williams ended the quarter with two points and three assists but also has two early turnovers.

For more on this game Hawks fans should head over to Peachtree Hoops and Nets fans should check out Nets Daily. For more news and analysis on the NBA, check out SB Nation's NBA page.

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Hawks Vs. Nets: Marvin Williams Will Not Be With Team For Atlanta's Two-Game Road Trip

The Atlanta Hawks will be without the services of starting forward Marvin Williams for the next two road games as his sprained left ankle will keep him in Atlanta for rest and treatment.

Per the Hawks PR department:

Hawks forward Marvin Williams, who suffered a sprained left ankle during Saturday's win over Chicago, is not with the team for tonight's game at New Jersey and Wednesday's contest at Indiana. -- Atlanta Hawks Public Relations

Williams is averaging 11 points and 6 rebounds a game through nine games this season, and Hawks head coach Larry Drew could look to bring free-agent signee Tracy McGrady into the starting lineup in place of Williams. The Hawks are 6-3 thus far on the season and are two games behind the Miami Heat in the Southeast division.

For more on this game Hawks fans should head over to Peachtree Hoops and Nets fans should check out Nets Daily. For more news and analysis on the NBA, check out SB Nation's NBA page.

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Hawks Vs. Nets: Atlanta Hopes To Avoid Let Down In New Jersey

The Atlanta Hawks will open a short two game road trip Monday night in New Jersey against Deron Williams and the Nets.

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Hawks Vs. Nets Time, TV Info, Radio And More

The Atlanta Hawks will begin a two game road trip on Monday in New Jersey against Deron Williams and the New Jersey Nets. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. from the Prudential Center and will be televised on SportSouth.

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