Teague, Hawks’ balanced attack outlast Nets

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Updated: January 16, 2013

The return of former guard Joe Johnson seemingly energized the sluggish Atlanta Hawks offense.

Two nights after scoring just 58 points in a blowout loss to Chicago, the
Hawks had six players in double-figures, led by Jeff Teague’s career-best 28
points, and Atlanta ended the Brooklyn Nets’ seven-game winning streak with a
109-95 triumph on Wednesday.

Teague connected on 12-of-18 shots from the field while additionally dishing
out 11 assists. Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia also posted double-doubles, with
Horford tallying 17 points and 13 rebounds. Pachulia fell just two assists shy
of a triple-double, totaling 13 points and 11 boards for the Hawks, who played
without forward Josh Smith.

Atlanta suspended its leading scorer for the contest for conduct detrimental
to the team, but didn’t seem to miss him as they shot 57.7 percent for the
game.

Johnson, a six-time All Star with the Hawks, played his first game against his
former team since being traded to Brooklyn this past offseason. He scored 15
points, but shot just 4-of-15 from the field.

Brook Lopez finished with 22 points and nine boards in the defeat for the
Nets, who lost for just the second time under interim head coach P.J.
Carlesimo.