The Brooklyn Nets got a big jump on the Atlanta Hawks early and kept that train running all afternoon as they easily beat them 127-110 to make their trip to O2 Arena in London worth it Thursday.
Joe Johnson finished with a game-high 29 points, five assists and four rebounds. Andray Blatche had a double-double with 20 points, 14 rebounds and he also had six assists. Three other players had at least 12 points as Paul Pierce finished with 18, Alan Anderson 15 and Kevin Garnett 12.
“We just exploited mismatches. I was just feeding off these guys,” Johnson said. “We had a lot of ball movement and took a lot of open shots.”
Johnson continued his hot streak with 15 points in the first quarter on 6-of-8 shooting. He now has 55 points during the first quarter in his last five games. Blatche also stepped up with six points off the bench in just six minutes as the Nets led 31-27 after one.
They kept their foot on the pedal and even picked up the defense in the second quarter as they held the Hawks to just 26 points, nothing crazy, but because they scored 34 themselves, they had a 12-point lead at the half.
The third quarter was the dagger as Pierce and Anderson both dropped 10 each on the Hawks, who were held to just 21 points that quarter on 29.2 percent from the floor.
The Nets are back to their winning ways with this game as they are now 8-3 when Johnson scores at least 20 points and have won six of their last seven. They head back to New York where they will play the Knicks on Monday.