"Our guys tried," Avery Johnson told reporters. "Unfortunately we just played a better team."
The Nets led by as many as seven points in the first half, but Atlanta took control with a 15-0 run late in the second quarter and went up by 16 early in the third. The Nets got to within five with just over three minutes to go in the game, but they couldn't get the stops they needed down the stretch, as Atlanta hit its final 12 shots of the game.
The Nets shot 47 percent from the field, but they couldn's stop Josh Smith (34 points, 14-for-16 shooting) or Jamal Crawford (26 points, 11-for-17) on the other end. Atlanta shot 60 percent as a team.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 24 points, Devin Harris finished with 18 points and 13 assists, and Jordan Farmar added 16 points off the bench. Troy Murphy did not play.
- Boxscore - NBA.com
- Game Highlights (Video) - NBA.com
- Smith powers Hawks past Nets - Charles Odum - AP
Hawks-Nets notebook - Matt Winklejohn - NBA.com
- Nets lose fifth straight, falling to Hawks, 116-101 - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
Terrence Williams will rejoin team for practice today, Derrick Favors returns home - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
- Nets can't contain Josh Smith, Jamal Crawford in 116-101 loss to Hawks - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Nets fall to Hawks - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- Nets notes: Terrence Williams recalled - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- Nets can't stop Hawks - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Williams escapes D-League limbo - Fred Kerber - New York Post
Nets upbeat after latest lopsided loss - Al Iannazzone - The Nets Insider
- Rapid Reaction: Hawks 116, Nets 101 - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Pre-Game: Avery Johnson Interview (Video) - Jessica Taff - YES Network
- Post-Game Plus (Video) - Chris Shearn - YES Network
- From the Booth (Video) - Ian Eagle & Mike Fratello - YES Network
- Avery Johnson Press Conference (Video) - YES Network
- Brook Lopez Interview (Video) - Jessica Taff - YES Network
- Josh Smith lights out for Hawks in win - Ken Sugiera - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ex-Georgia Tech stars Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow pay visit - Ken Sugiera - Atlanta Journal-Constitution