D’Angelo Russell scored 23 points, Ed Davis grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds and the Nets climbed out of an early 19-point hole to beat the Atlanta Hawks, 116-100, on Wednesday night at Barclays Center.
DeMarre Carroll added 17 points to help the Nets improve to 21-22 with their eighth victory in their last nine home games. Two years ago, the team won only 20 games the entire season.
Joe Harris, returning after a one-game absence with a sprained right ankle, scored 16 points, as did Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Nets yielded 46 points in the first 15 minutes, then held the Hawks to 37 points over the next 25 minutes.
John Collins had 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, who may have run out of steam while playing on the second straight night. Trae Young had 17 points and seven assists, and Jeremy Lin added 16 points.
During a first-quarter timeout, the Nets showed a video tribute for Vince Carter, who is third on the team’s career scoring list. He had three points for Atlanta.
The Hawks jumped to a 13-4 lead behind two 3-point plays from Collins, who scored 12 points in the first quarter to help Atlanta open a 38-23 lead. The Hawks extended the lead to 46-27 on Young’s 3-point play after his steal about three minutes into the second, but the Hawks stalled from there and the Nets got it down to 57-51 at halftime.
The Nets then got the first basket of the second half and Hawks called timeout just 18 seconds in. Harris knocked down three 3-pointers over the next few minutes as the Nets moved ahead after trailing the entire first half, and they gained control for good by scoring the last nine of the third quarter, capped by Davis’s three-point play, to bring an 86-80 edge into to the fourth.