Posted January 08, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Atlanta Hawks were upbeat after defeating one of the top teams in the league their last time out. A matchup against the woeful New Jersey Nets doesn't seem likely to lower their spirits. The visiting Hawks look for a ninth win in 11 games over the Nets as these teams meet for the third time in two weeks Monday night. Atlanta (6-3) concluded a stretch of five games in six days - including its first back-to-back-to-back set of the season - with an impressive 109-94 victory over Chicago on Saturday. The Hawks started the game on a 12-1 tear, opened a 17-point lead into the second quarter and never looked back. "A night like tonight shows what were capable of as a team," said Al Horford, who scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting. " ... I hope that this carries over into our next game and maybe we can start building off this. I think if we can bring that kind of energy, we'll be in good shape." Atlanta shot a season-best 56.6 percent from the field Satu...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Hawks' Williams out with ankle injury

Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams will miss at least two games because of a sprained left ankle he suffered in Saturday's win over Chicago. The Hawks say Williams will not be with the team for both Monday night's game at New Jersey and Wednesday's game at Indiana. Williams is averaging 10.9 points and 6.0 rebounds as the starting small forward. He hurt his ankle...

Inconsistency befuddles even the Hawks

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks have to be the most Jekyll-and-Hyde squad in the NBA. The canyon-sized chasm between the Hawks highs and lows is in a class of its own. They are capable of playing like contenders and have frequent bouts when they play like a lottery team -- and they do it often. It can be a little frustrating for us and our fans to see us play this way, said All-Star...

Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 106, Nets 101

Newark, N.J.–Larry Drew has been pretty conservative with his starters’ minutes this season. Until tonight, when he suddenly decided to ride them and go all out to beat the Nets. The absence of Marvin Williams explains some of that but I thought the bench guys had OK stints in the first half, only to never be seen again (except for Zaza Pachulia). “Going into halftime, I was...

Hawks make their shots, defeat Nets

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Josh Smith scored a season-high 26 points and the Atlanta Hawks shot nearly 54 percent from the field in beating the New Jersey Nets for the third time this season, 106-101 on Monday night. Joe Johnson added 22, Jeff Teague had 20 and Al Horford had 14 points and nine rebounds as the Hawks led for all but a few seconds in winning their third straight game overall...

Hawks F Williams KO'd by sprained ankle

Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams left Saturday's game against the Chicago Bulls with a sprained ankle. Williams had played only six minutes when he was hurt. The team said he would not return. The 6-foot-9 forward entered Saturday's game averaging 11.9 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Hawks snap Bulls' winning six-game win streak

ATLANTA (AP) -- Josh Smith scored 25 points, Joe Johnson and Vladimir Radmanovic each added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks beat Chicago 109-94 Saturday night to snap the Bulls' six-game winning streak. John Lucas III had 14 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago, which never led. The Bulls, who dropped to 7-2, had been off to their best start since going 12-0...

Atlanta Hawks 109, Chicago Bulls 94

The Hawks shot 56.6% from the floor last night as they bolted out to a 85-62 lead after three quarters before essentially calling off the dogs a little bit.  Josh Smith led the way for the Hawks with an amazing game as he finished up with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 6 blocked shots.  Josh Johnson (17 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals) and Vladimir Radmanovic...

Smith scores 25 to lead Hawks over Bulls 109-94

Josh Smith scored 25 points, Joe Johnson and Vladimir Radmanovic each added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks beat Chicago 109-94 Saturday night to snap the Bulls' six-game winning streak.

Hawks 109, Bulls 94

Josh Smith scored 25 points, Joe Johnson and Vladimir Radmanovic each added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks beat Chicago 109-94 Saturday night to snap the Bulls' six-game winning streak. John Lucas III had 14 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago, which never led. The Bulls, who dropped to 7-2, had been off to their best start since going 12-0 in 1996-97. Derrick...

Hawks' Williams out with sprained ankle

Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams is not with the team for its current two-game road trip, which begins Monday at New Jersey, due to a sprained left ankle.

Bulls Game Day: Hamilton doubtful vs. up-and-down Hawks

ATLANTA – Things went so badly for the Hawks two days ago, center Al Horford questioned the team’s heart, saying: “This by far has to be my worst defeat here as a Hawk. I didn’t feel like we wanted to win this game.”

Hawks put end to Bulls' 6-game winning streak

Josh Smith scored 25 points, Joe Johnson and Vladimir Radmanovic each added 17 and the Hawks beat Chicago 109-94 Saturday night to snap the Bulls' six-game winning streak.

Smith scores season-high 26 as Hawks beat Nets

Josh Smith scored a season-high 26 points and the Atlanta Hawks shot nearly 54 percent from the field in beating the New Jersey Nets for the third time this season, 106-101 on Monday night.

Smith scores season-high 26 as Hawks beat Nets

Josh Smith scored a season-high 26 points and the Atlanta Hawks shot nearly 54 percent from the field in beating the New Jersey Nets for the third time this season, 106-101 on Monday night.

Initial Feedback: The Sweep of Newark

Initial feedback: A completely subjective and immediate response to the events of tonight's game, featuring a comment and rating, the latter on a scale of 1 to 10, on every player who saw the floor and the head coach, along with ephemera and miscellany as the author deems necessary.Your ratings and commentary, dear reader, are welcomed in the comments to this post.BoxscorePlayersJeff...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.