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Hawks Crush Nets for the Third Time

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The Nets picked up loss No. 60 Tuesday at the Izod Center, falling to the Hawks by 20-plus points for the third time this season. This one was interesting for most of the first half, but a 19-5 Hawks run to end the second quarter turned a two-point lead into a 16-point cushion, and the Nets never threatened in the second half. Jamal Crawford caught fire and finished with 25 points on 11-18 shooting. On the other end, the Nets shot just 39 percent as a team. Brook Lopez led them with 21 points, Josh Boone grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds, and Terrence Williams finished with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. Atlanta completed the season sweep, winning the three games by an average of 25.7 points.

Meanwhile, the Nets are starting to admit just how important avoiding that NBA futility mark.  "I want to get three wins more than anything," Courtney Lee said. "We don’t talk about it, but I think it’s on everybody’s mind. You can see there’s a sense of urgency about it, because it comes up a lot. And it’s going to come up a lot more if we don’t get some wins soon."

"It's on our minds," said Keyon Dooling. "It's gotten so bad, one of our goals is to not be the worst team in the history of the game. That's hard to associate with 'goal,' but we don't want to go down in history as the worst team ever."