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Hawks fall to Nets for second time in 2 days

POSTED: November 19, 2008 5:00 a.m.
John Amis/The Associated Press

New Jersey Nets guard Devin Harris (34) is forced to pass by Atlanta Hawks forward Solomon Jones (44) during the first half Saturday in Atlanta.

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ATLANTA — Devin Harris is feeling better. Just ask the Atlanta Hawks.

Harris scored 33 points, Vince Carter had 29 and the New Jersey Nets beat Atlanta 119-107 on Saturday night, completing a sweep of the two-day, home-and-home series.

The Nets lost three straight while Harris was out with a sprained left ankle. He returned Friday night to score 30 points in a 115-108 victory over the Hawks at New Jersey.

Harris started out hot again on Saturday night, scoring 12 of the Nets’ first 24 points.

Harris, who made 13 of 14 free throws, has three straight games with at least 30 points. He set a career high with 38 points against Detroit on Nov. 7 before the injury.

The Nets made 55 percent of their shots from the field (38 of 69) and set a season high in scoring for the second straight night.

Carter sank five 3-pointers while scoring 19 points in the third quarter as the Nets stretched a 55-50 halftime lead to 85-73.

Joe Johnson scored 31 points for Atlanta, which has lost three straight after a 6-0 start. Marvin Williams and Flip Murray each had 14 points and Al Horford added 12.

The Hawks played their fifth straight game without forward Josh Smith, who has a sprained left ankle. Center Zaza Pachulia was held out with a sore left shoulder.

Atlanta coach Mike Woodson was forced to play with a small lineup. Maurice Evans made his second start for Atlanta but scored only seven points in 28 minutes.

The Nets led 31-30 early in the second quarter before scoring 14 straight points, including eight by Keyon Dooling, for a 45-30 advantage. The Hawks recovered with a 12-0 run later in the quarter.
Ryan Anderson had 17 points for New Jersey.

Notes: The Hawks’ frustrations grew as the Nets stretched their lead in the final period. Johnson was called for a technical foul with 6:23 left, and Woodson soon drew a technical as he continued to complain from the bench. ... New Jersey F Jarvis Hayes had 14 points before an apparent injury in a collision with teammate Brook Lopez with 4:48 left. Hayes was escorted to the locker room. There was no immediate report on his injury.



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