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Nets Can't Stop Hawks

The Nets lost for the eighth time in their last nine games Friday night in Atlanta, unable to provide any resistance in the second half for Joe Johnson and the Hawks. The Nets scored the first seven points of the game, but the first half was close throughout. The Hawks took control with an 11-3 run to end the third quarter and the Nets couldn't cut the lead to anything less than seven points in the fourth. The Nets had five players in double-figures, but shot just 40 percent from the field and scored just 35 points in the second half. Atlanta was led by Johnson's 29 points and shot 51 percent. Devin Harris and Vince Carter had 20 and 18 points respectively, but combined to shoot just 11-31. Ryan Anderson added 17, including 3-3 from deep. Bobby Simmons and Jarvis Hayes combined for 4 points on 2-12 shooting. Over the last five games, the two small forwards are shooting 22-61 or 36%.