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Hawks fall flat in third quarter, lose to Nets 117-108

Atlanta Hawks v Brooklyn Nets Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

With a tough sled of games coming up for the Atlanta Hawks, they weren't able to get off to a good start, losing to the Brooklyn Nets 117-108.

Trae Young did it all for the Hawks offense in the first quarter, scoring 11 points and dishing out five assists. His three-point shot was working well for him to start, and he was able to get in the lane for his floater.

Kevin Durant kept the Nets afloat, scoring 12 points in the first, but it was LaMarcus Aldridge who came off the bench and gave the Nets a 35-28 lead after the quarter.

After being a surprise late scratch in Monday’s game against the Wizards, Kevin Huerter came off the bench and scored 16 points (11 in the first half), keeping the Hawks in the game through the second quarter. Huerter had been struggling offensively to start the season, but knocked off any rust he had in this game.

It was a three-point barrage between both teams in the first half, with Joe Harris hitting 5-of-5 from deep, and De’Andre Hunter shooting 5-of-5 as well. Despite the solid shooting from the Hawks, they trailed the Nets 61-59 to the end the half.

It was tight knit third quarter, but it was the Nets that pulled away first as Durant went on a 7-0 scoring run to give the Nets a 82-75 lead. Durant was very efficient in this game finishing with 26 points, shooting 13-of-20 from the field.

The Hawks went back to their inconsistent ways to finish the third, turning the ball over and taking quick shots without getting set into their offense. Those problems led the Nets to go on a 20-4 run to finish the third quarter.

The Hawks attempted to make a final comeback in the fourth quarter, but the shot making from the Nets was just too much to overcome. James Harden struggled for most of the game, but caught fire in the fourth from three to put the Hawks away.

Hunter had his best game of the season, finishing with 26 points and shooting 10-of-11 from the field. Huerter also had his best game of the season with 16 points.

The Hawks will be back at home tomorrow evening to face the Utah Jazz, where they will debut their new Nike City Edition uniforms and court.