ATLANTA -- This was a tale of two homecomings, but with only one story of redemption.
On the night of Joe Johnson's ballyhooed return to Atlanta, the Hawks stole the spotlight by racing out to a big lead and cruising to a 109-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Philips Arena.
Even with Josh Smith serving a one-game suspension on Wednesday night (conduct detrimental to the team), the Hawks had little trouble finding a rhythm against the Nets -- boasting six players with double-digit scoring and shooting nearly 60 percent from the field (45 of 78).
Jeff Teague took honors in scoring and assists, rolling for 28 and 11 against the Nets. However, center Zaza Pachulia (13 points, 11 rebounds) garnered the most attention in the postgame media scrum, finishing only two assists shy of his first career triple-double.
"We've been around long enough to know when we play this way, good things happen," said Pachulia, who collected eight of the Hawks' 33 assists. "We needed this (victory) de...