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Nets take care of business against Hawks

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ATLANTA — The Brooklyn Nets cruised to an easy 130-118 win Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. 

For the Hawks, the team has now lost 11 out of their last 12 games, with their sole win coming against a depleted Warriors team. 

“We have to be into the ball a little bit more with pressure,” Hawks Head coach Lloyd Pierce said about his team’s defense. “We have to pressure their passers. It’s whoever is on the court has to do a little bit better with regards to their responsibility.”

Trae Young led the Hawks with 39 points and 10 rebounds, Cam Reddish scores his career-high with 25 points and Damian Jones followed with 20 points.

Meanwhile for the Nets, Garrett Temple scored 27 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 24 and Taurean Prince added 23.

“Dominating on the glass — that’s been a sticking point for us,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We’ve talked a lot about rebounding the last couple of days, how much that’s hurt us. Collectively, I thought we got on the boards. Even in the first half when we were missing shots, I thought we cleaned up a lot of misses and it was a difference in the game.”

The Hawks now fall to a 5-17 record and are one second-to-last in the Eastern Conference standings, ahead of the New York Knicks.

Atlanta will be back in action Sunday night when the team will travel to Charlotte to take on the Hornets.

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