ATLANTA (AP) -- Antoine Walker was so off-target that about the
only shot he made was the one he was trying to miss intentionally.
Walker made the first of two free throws with 1.1 seconds left
to pull Atlanta within two points of New Jersey, but had to miss
the second to give the Hawks a chance to tie it off an offensive
rebound. But the ball went in and the Nets held off the Hawks on
Monday 85-84 to snap a four-game losing streak.
"You can't miss a free throw too intentionally," Walker said.
"If you do, it's a violation. You have to miss it a certain way. I
tried to make it kick short off the rim, but it went in."
Walker was 3-of-18 from the field and finished with 14 points.
"Antoine is an All-Star forward. Everyone has nights like
that," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "He's hurt us in the past
and we were fortunate that his shots didn't fall today."
New Jersey star Jason Kidd scored 19 of his 23 points in the
But even with Kidd's strong second half, and 23 points from
Vince Carter, the Nets couldn't put the Hawks away.
New Jersey made only 15 of 23 free throws, including 5 of 8 in
the last minute.
Kidd's 3-pointer gave the Nets a 77-72 lead, but the Hawks
pulled even at 78 on two free throws by Obinna Ekezie with 1:33
left. A goaltending call against Josh Smith gave Carter a basket
and the Nets an 80-78 lead with 1:14 left.
A free throw by Carter pushed the lead to 81-78, and Walker and
Al Harrington missed 3-pointers for Atlanta with less than 20
seconds left. After Kidd made two free throws with 7.9 seconds
left, Peja Drobnjak's 3-pointer pulled the Hawks to 84-82.
Jason Collins made one free throw with 1.9 seconds remaining for
an 85-82 lead. Walker grabbed the rebound after Collins missed his
second free throw and was quickly fouled before making both free
Kidd scored only four points in the first half on 2-for-8
shooting, including 0-for-4 on 3-point attempts.
"I continued to shoot it," Kidd said. "The big difference in
my game is that I normally would have stopped shooting the ball but
I let it go and made it when it counted."
Kidd found his scoring touch when he hit a 3-pointer with 9:15
left in the third quarter. He scored 11 points in the quarter and
added two 3-pointers in the final five minutes.
The Nets, who snapped a seven-game road losing streak with a
95-90 win at Atlanta on Dec. 11, ended a five-game road losing skid
Monday. The Nets are 3-0 against the Hawks this season.
Harrington led the Hawks with 22 points. Tyronn Lue had 17
points and 10 assists.
"We just have to figure out how to win some games," Hawks
coach Mike Woodson said.
Kidd passed Chris Morris for second place on the Nets'
career 3-point list early in the third quarter. Kidd and Morris had
been tied with 368 3-pointers. ... Carter, who has made 71 percent
of his free-throw attempts, was only 3-for-8 from the line. ...
Lue's bad pass at the end of the first half gave the Hawks guard
his first turnover in three games. ... Hawks G Tony Delk (sprained
left hand) could return from the injured list for Wednesday night's
game at Miami.