Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/16/13
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks came out running Wednesday night at Philips Arena and didn't stop, taking advantage that the Brooklyn Nets were playing for the second consecutive night to reel off a 109-95 win. The Hawks had 29 fast-break points to the Nets' 12. Jeff Teague led the Hawks with a career-high 28 points and 11 assists. Al Horford had a double-double in the first half -- 10 points and 10 rebounds -- and finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Horford was one of three Hawks in double figures in scoring after two quarters; Teague and Devin Harris had 12 points each. Harris finished with 18 points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals. The Hawks (22-16) had lost seven of their previous nine games and were coming off a 97-58 loss to the Bulls in Chicago in which they hit a franchise low for points in a quarter (5 in the second) and a half (20 in the first) and narrowly missed setting the all-time low for points in a game. And on Wednesday, they were without their leading scorer, Josh Smith, who was suspended for the game for conduct detrimental to the team. Zaza Pachulia, starting because Smith was out, had 13 points, 11 rebounds and season-high eight assists. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Nets (23-16). Joe Johnson, returning to Atlanta for the first time since his off-season trade, got off to a slow start, scoring his first points at the free-throw line. He finished with 15 points in 41 minutes of action. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points and six rebounds. Deron Williams scored 12 points and had nine assists; Kris Humphries added 10 points and seven rebounds and Andray Blatche had 12 points. The Hawks have beaten the Nets eight straight times at Philips Arena. The teams meet again Friday in Brooklyn. Notes: The Hawks fined Smith as well as suspending him. Coach Larry Drew wouldn't comment on a report that there was an incident in Tuesday's practice. Smith's teammates did not comment either, although Al Horford cracked up when asked if Smith had punched anyone. "No! No!" he laughed. "We're a peaceful team! No punches!" ... "Tomorrow we'll welcome Josh back with open arms and we'll be moving forward," Drew said. ... Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo was more concerned about his own team's health and energy after arriving at their Atlanta hotel at 2:30 a.m. following a 113-106 win over the Raptors in Toronto Tuesday night. "I'd rather play them without Josh than with him, no question about that," Carlesimo said. "But we'll still have our hands full." ... Jerry Stackhouse, who played for the Hawks last season, laughed as familiar reporters approached him in the visitors' locker room about Smith's suspension, saying as he filled out his ticket envelopes, "I thought I left him in a good place!" ... The Hawks and Nets play each other again on Friday in Brooklyn.
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