NBA

132
Final-OT 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
Brooklyn 26 29 28 33 16 132
Atlanta 27 28 32 29 12 128
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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , January 27, 2021
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 1,008

Nets' Big Three ready to take on Hawks

According to STATS
According to STATS

Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks

  1. Brooklyn scored a season-high 145 points against Atlanta on December 30, then a season-low 96 against Atlanta on January 1. Brooklyn has gone 12-3 over its last 15 games against Atlanta. The Nets won 11 of 12 in this series from March 2017 to January 2020 before losing two of the most recent three games.
  2. Atlanta has won four straight home games, including a 108-99 win over the Clippers yesterday. This was Atlanta's eighth game this season holding an opponent under 100 points, tied with the Lakers for most in the NBA. The Hawks only did so four times in all of last season.
  3. Clint Capela has 101 points, 93 rebounds, and 24 blocks over his last five games. The last players with 100+ points, 90+ rebounds and 20+ blocks in any five-game span were Dwight Howard in November-December 2008 and Shaquille O'Neal in February 1993.
  4. James Harden has 204 points over his last 10 games (dating back to January 6, still with the Rockets) -- this is Harden's fewest points in any 10-game span since January-February 2014 (203).
  5. Kevin Durant had a season-low 20 points on Monday but had a season-high 13 rebounds. He's averaging 1.43 blocks this season, second most in any season of his career (1.60 in 2016-17), and he's had multiple blocks in each of his last six games, tied for the second-longest streak of his career.
  6. Brooklyn won its last two games, both at home against Miami, but the team has dropped four of its last five games on the road. The Nets shot just 40.0 percent against Miami on Monday, the team's worst mark in any game this season.

Brooklyn's Big Three will make their first appearance in Atlanta on Wednesday when the Nets, who have won six of their last eight, visit the Hawks.

The teams met in back-to-back games in New York early in the season, but this is the first trip to Atlanta for the trio of James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

The sides split the previous matchups, a wild 145-141 Brooklyn win on Dec. 30 and a methodical 114-96 Atlanta victory on Jan. 1. Harden was still a Houston Rocket then, but he was dealt to Brooklyn in mid-January.

"I am very confident, especially with this group and what we are capable of," Harden said. "We haven't had much time to practice, which we keep saying, but I think learning on the fly and learning while we're winning is obviously good."

The Nets had Tuesday off after beating the visiting Miami Heat 98-85 on Monday, a game that saw the star trio combine for 56 of Brooklyn's points. Durant and Harden each scored 20.

Harden is still rounding into form, as he is averaging 23 points, 7.3 rebounds and 11.3 assists in his six games with the Nets.

"Would I like James to be more aggressive? Yes," Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said. "Will he be more aggressive in time? I think so. I think once he gets more comfortable with his teammates, when he gets in better shape, when he's adapted to this whole new environment, we'll see an improved James scoring the ball."

In 19 career games against Atlanta, Harden is averaging 26.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists.

"It feels good not to have to score so much to give ourselves a chance to win the game," Harden said. "I can just go out there and be a playmaker and shoot my shot once it's available and still get guys involved to have a chance to win the game."

Atlanta is coming off 108-99 win Tuesday over the Los Angeles Clippers, who were playing without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Hawks have won four of their last five games.

Atlanta flourished with the return of Trae Young and Clint Capela, who both missed the previous game against the Milwaukee Bucks due to minor ailments.

Young scored 38 points, his third straight game with 30-plus points, and Capela had 13 points and 18 rebounds, his third straight game with 18-plus rebounds.

Atlanta played without Cam Reddish, who was nursing right Achilles tightness.

Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said the defense provided by Capela and John Collins, who had five blocked shots and 11 rebounds against the Clippers, is making a huge difference.

"To hold anybody in the league under 100 is huge. I don't care who you're playing or where you're playing," Pierce said. "Both Clint and John have been tremendous defensively for us as backline defenders."

This will be the third back-to-back for the Hawks this season. They split the first one, winning in Brooklyn and losing at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They dropped both ends of a back-to-back during a mid-January road trip, falling to the Utah Jazz and the Portland Trail Blazers.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 27, 2021


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