With 26 minutes of play off the bench, Allen Crabbe played huge to lead Brooklyn Nets to victory against Atlanta Hawks, together with Demarre Caroll with 17 points and D’Angelo Russell’s 16 pts, 10 assist double-double.
Ersan Ilyasova opened up the 1st bout with 5 straight points to resist Nets’ homecourt advantage but Nets did not want the Hawks to easily break away, pushing the deadlock at 11 and eventually breaking it by Allen Crabbe’s three pointer. Nevertheless, the Hawks held on to a slim lead at the end of the 1st 25-19.
Another deadlock of the game at 32 forced by Timofey Mozgov followed by his own monster jam to take the lead back.
The nets turned the tables slightly on their side, up by 3 points at the half 56-53.
3rd quarter breakaway by the home team nets as D’Angelo Russell dished out assists to loosen the team’s offensive viscosity. The Nets are up ahead 91-77 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Hawks tried to establish an immediate comeback at the start of the final quarter with Malcolm Delaney’s and Marco Belinelli’s three pointers, bringing them as close as 85-93.
The hawks ain’t done yet, showing more aggression to the rim, Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder draw fouls and made freethrows. Schroder makes a 20 feet jumper to chop down the lead down to a single possession 95-98 with 6 minutes to play. Hawks had taken the lead as the game approaches the final 5 minutes by Belinelli’s stepback jumper and they are up ahead by a single point 100-99 and calling a timeout to even tighten their final push.
But things weren’t as much as they expected, Hawks burned a timeout but it was the Nets who came off the timeout with a blaze, Crabble delivers from beyond the arc to start an 8-0 run. Hawks run out of steam to set another comeback and finally collapsed. 116-104.
Scores:Nets 116 – Caroll 17, Russell 16, leVert 16, Hollis-Jefferson 9, Mozgov 6, bench – 52
Hawks 104 – Schroder 17, Bazemore 16, Prince 9, Ilyasova 9, Dedmon 7, bench - 46
Atlanta Hawks vs Brooklyn Nets Full Game Highlights Oct 22, 17-18 NBA Season