It didn’t take Atlanta long to find a rhythm offensively as they connected on 60 percent of their attempts in the first quarter to take a 35-29 lead. They turned up the heat defensively in the second quarter holding Brooklyn to just 14 points on 27 percent shooting while pushing the lead to as many as 20 points before settling for a 61-43 halftime advantage.
Atlanta sleepwalked their way through the early part of the third quarter as Brooklyn cut into the lead and got as close as 10 points. The Hawks recovered though and carried an 86-70 advantage into the fourth. The fourth quarter was uneventful as the hawks pushed the lead back over 20 and cruised home for the victory.
Dennis Schröder led the way for Atlanta with 19 points and 10 assists. Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap added 14 points each. Howard grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 20 points.
With the victory, Atlanta improves to 22-16 and sweeps a four-game road trip. Next up for the Hawks is their first matchup of the year against the Boston Celtics and Al Horford’s first trip back to Philips Arena.