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Goodbye Brooklyn: Hawks end Nets season with 111-87 rout; win series 4-2

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BROOKLYN -- The Atlanta Hawks finally put the "Zombie Nets" apocalypse to rest with a series and season ending, 111-87, victory in Brooklyn. Atlanta won the series 4-2.

The season ended in the third quarter. The Nets came out of the halftime break extremely stagnant, which led to a 23-3 Hawks run and 28-point lead less than six minutes into the quarter. Brooklyn trailed by only six at half.

No signs of fight, no signs of defense, no signs of mental toughness. Brooklyn turned the ball over six times in the quarter and allowed Atlanta to score a total of 41 points in the quarter, four less than what the Nets scored in the first half.

The Hawks hit on 16 of their 24 shots attempted with Paul Millsap scoring 11 points in the quarter. He led all scorers on the night with 25 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals.

The irate Brooklyn crowd booed the home team off the court as the inevitable was becoming a reality earlier than it should've.

As the fourth quarter came around, there was no resilience nor fight as the Nets looked somewhat content with a blowout on their home floor. With a little under five minutes remaining, Coach Hollins threw in the towel and inserted the reserves.

Game over.

The Hawks were 13-of-32 from three and dished out 34 assists on the night.

The leading scorer for Brooklyn was Brook Lopez with 19 points and seven rebounds, with Deron Williams chipping in 13. He turned the ball over four times -- the Nets with 15. It's correlated the entire series: The team who has turned the ball over more has lost each game.

For some optimism...

The Nets weren't even supposed to be in this position. They jumped on a dark horse late in the season and charged into the playoffs as the eighth seed despite finishing with a below-.500 record. However, all good things must come to an end. If good is what you wanna call it, depending on what your expectations were.

It was a game they needed urgency and most importantly, they needed a leader. Both were nonexistent in Game 6.

The Atlanta Hawks were a 60-win team for many reasons we saw in the series. The Brooklyn Nets were a 38-win team for different reasons. But at the end of the day, it's just another first-round exit for the most expensive team in the NBA. It'll be determined which route the Nets want to take after another disappointing postseason appearance.

Unfortunately, you can't discredit the Nets for how hard they played the entire series just because of this one game. Sure they had their opportunities, but Atlanta is a damn good team who deserves all the credit in the world.

Now we ask: Who will be back?

Notes:

Key role players were unproductive for Brooklyn. Bojan Bogdanovic was inconsistent yet again, finishing 2-for-9 from the field and Alan Anderson was 2-for-10.

Kyle Korver was a force with 20 points, Horford with 18 points, and DeMarre Carroll with 16 points. Jeff Teague scored zero points, but dished out 13 assists.

Next up: The offseason! Does Brook Lopez return?

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