Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 12/4

Game 1: Saturday, December 4th
Game 2: Saturday, December 11th
Game 3: Monday, January 17th

Nets 85

(13-24, 6-15 away)

Hawks 84

(7-28, 5-15 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    2:00 PM ET, January 17, 2005

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 26 16 23 2085
    ATL 18 19 21 2684

    Top Performers

    New Jersey: J. Kidd 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    Atlanta: T. Lue 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl

    New Jersey also ends five-game road losing streak

    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 second half.

    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 throws.

    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.

    Nenad Krstic, who had 12 points, and Jacque Vaughn fouled out for the Nets, who had only nine players in uniform.

    Game notes

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 84
    FGM-FGA 32-82 (.390) 30-74 (.405)
    3PM-3PA 6-17 (.353) 3-13 (.231)
    FTM-FTA 15-23 (.652) 21-30 (.700)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-38 14-52
    Assists 16 19
    Turnovers 6 16
    Steals 11 5
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 4 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 0

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 23
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Tyronn Lue Lue
    Points: 17
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0