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Make It Five In A Row; Hawks Beat The Nets Wednesday Night

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks won their fifth straight game Wednesday night and in the process dropped the Brooklyn Nets to 0-5.

Center Al Horford scored 21 points and guard Dennis Schroder had 18 of his 20 points in the second half as the Hawks defeated the Nets for the sixth straight time in the regular season, winning 101-87.

Guard Jeff Teague added 16 points and six assists for the Hawks, who at 5-1 are off to their best start since beginning 6-0 in 2010-2011.

Center Brook Lopez had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who are off to their worst start since setting an NBA record by going 0-18 to open the 2009-10 season.

The Hawks pulled away in the fourth quarter with 29 points while continuing to force the Nets into costly turnovers.

The Hawks started the second half making six of their first seven shots, including a trio of 3-pointers, to go up 56-50. Brooklyn went on a 9-0 run, but Atlanta led 72-70 going into the final period thanks to 13 points in the third quarter by Schroder, who was 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

Lopez had 16 points in the third quarter, making six of seven shots from the floor and going 4-for-5 from the foul line.

The Nets outscored the Hawks 26-18 in the second quarter to go up 43-41 at halftime. Atlanta, who had held an eight-point lead, made just six of 17 shots in the period.

Young had 10 points in the first half for Brooklyn, while Lopez contributed nine points and seven rebounds for the Nets. Horford led the Hawks with 10 and six rebounds by intermission.

Forward Kent Bazemore set the defensive tone for the Hawks with a pair of early blocks and they scored 11 points off six first-quarter turnovers by the Nets en route to a 23-17 lead. Atlanta had four blocked shots and four steals in the quarter.

NOTES: G Kyle Korver was rested for the second time this season with the Hawks playing the finale of another back-to-back set. ... F/G Thabo Sefolosha returned after sitting out Tuesday in Miami. ... G Dennis Schroder started in Korver's place as the Hawks went small. ... The Hawks are in a stretch of four games in five days, playing at New Orleans on Friday and home with Washington on Saturday. ... "We have a lot of games out of the gate, so we want to do everything we can to make sure we're keeping guys healthy and understanding the big picture," coach Mike Budenholzer said. ... The Nets play the Los Angeles Lakers in Brooklyn on Friday prior to a four-game road trip. ... The Hawks swept Brooklyn during the regular season a year ago before eliminating the Nets in six games during the first round of the playoffs. ... G Jarrett Jack started his fourth straight game for the Nets after missing the opener with a sore hamstring.

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