Hawks pull away, keep Nets out of 1st-place tie

Hawks pull away, keep Nets out of 1st-place tie

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By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Al Horford had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks dominated the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn 105-93 on Sunday night, keeping the Nets from tying for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Josh Smith added 21 points and seven boards for the Hawks, who won their third straight by outscoring the Nets 34-20 in the final period. Neither team led by more than six points over the first three quarters and the game was tied with under 9 minutes to play before Atlanta broke it open with a 19-6 run.

Reggie Evans had a season-high 14 points and grabbed 22 rebounds for the Nets, who headed out for an 8-game road trip on a disappointing note. A victory would have moved them even with the slumping New York Knicks atop their division.

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