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Atlanta Hawks Vs. New Jersey Nets: Hawks 43, Nets 43, Half: Atlanta Slows Down In Second

As good as the Atlanta Hawks were in the first 12 minutes of basketball, they were downright terrible in the second quarter.  The Hawks, who shot a blistering 64-percent (14-for-22) in the first, laid an egg in the second, connecting on just 3-of-16 shots en route to allowing the New Jersey Nets back into the game.

The Nets posted a 7-0 run to tie it at 34-34 on Jordan Farmar's 3-pointer with 7:38 left in the second.  The teams pretty much traded buckets thereafter, with no team going up by more than four points.

Both Josh Smith and Al Horford got into foul trouble in this one.  Smith missed most of the first half with after quickly picking up his second foul while Horford had to sit late in the second after picking up his third foul.

Joe Johnson leads all Hawks with 10 points, Bibby has nine and Horford eight.  Josh Smith has three points -- all on free throws -- he is 0-for-3 from the field in nine minutes of action.

Devin Harris leads all scorers with a dozen points.  Look for the Hawks to regroup at the half and come out with some energy against an opponent they should be defeating soundly.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.