Nets Get Blown Out By Hawks In Home Opener

The Nets won't be going undefeated this season. Just 24 hours after their opening-night win in Washington, they got smoked, 106-70, in their home opener against the Atlanta Hawks.

Atlanta led from start to finish, scoring the first eight points of the game and leading by 17 at the end of the first quarter. And on this night, there would be no comeback. The Nets shot just 31 percent from the field and committed 18 turnovers.

Deron Williams accounted for six of the turnovers and shot just 3-for-11 from the field. Starters Anthony Morrow, Damion James and Johan Petro combined to shoot 1-for-11. Both James and Petro went scoreless. If there was a bright spot for the Nets, it was MarShon Brooks, who scored 17 points and got to the line eight times.

"That's why I feel bad (tonight)," said Avery Johnson. "This was a great crowd. They came out to see a better performance."

The performance, inept as it was, was witnessed by a sold out arena of 18,711, including Jay-Z, but not Mikhail Prokhorov. The Nets owner cited other obligations back in Moscow, raising the possibility in some quarters that the Russian presidential candidate is losing interest in the Nets. He hasn't attended a game in New Jersey since last January.

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