The Atlanta Hawks were dominant throughout most of the game in Game 1 versus the Nets as they fended off a ferocious rally. Atlanta gave up a 12-point lead in Game 2, but clutch shooting by Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, and Kyle Korver sealed another down to the wire win for Atlanta.
The Hawks were able to force turnovers early in the first quarter and get out to a 9-2 lead. Brooklyn quickly answered with a Joe Johnson three pointer that made it a 9-5 game. Kyle Korver punched in a three that extended the Hawks' lead to 12-5. Atlanta started the game 5/5 from the field. The Hawks quickly pushed their lead to double digits to make it a 17-7 game. Their biggest lead of the quarter was 12 points at 27-15. Jarrett Jack was on fire for the Nets, as four quick points cut the deficit to 29-24. Atlanta led Brooklyn 29-24 at the end of the first quarter.
Jack helped the Nets lead a ferocious rally in the second quarter. Brooklyn cut it to 29-26 early in the period, as they were on an 11-2 run. It then turned into a two point deficit after a Brook Lopez slam at the rim. The first Nets lead of the game came at the 6:45 mark. Jarrett Jack then knocked down a jumper to make it a 40-36 score and the Nets would go on a 27-9 run. Paul Millsap helped the Hawks stop the bleeding, as he tied the game back up at 43 on a three pointer with three minutes left in the half. Atlanta was on a 7-0 run. A Kyle Korver three pointer gave the Hawks the lead at 48-45. The run was then 10-3; Atlanta came into halftime with a 50-47 lead. Jarrett Jack had 16 points and Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague each had 11 points at the half.
The Nets took the lead early in the third quarter off of two Joe Johnson free throws. A Kyle Korver jumper quickly regained the lead moments later. Paul Millsap hit a three pointer to extend the lead to 55-51. He was 4/4 from three point range for the game. Joe Johnson tied it up at 67 with 8:35 left off of a three ball. Johnson then regained the lead for Brooklyn at 61-50 with five minutes left. Pero Antic stepped up for the Hawks, as he knocked down a three to get a 63-61 lead. Atlanta then went up by five after a jumper by Paul Millsap. Millsap totaled 19 points and seven rebounds in Game 2 after having a dismal Game 1. A pair of Jarrett Jack free throws cut the deficit to 68-65. Jack had 23 points off the bench on an amazing 9/13 shooting night. The Hawks led the Nets 75-67 after three quarters.
Atlanta got back out out to a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter with a Dennis Schroder layup. Paul Millsap knocked down another three to make the lead 82-73. The Hawks maintained a nine-point lead until the 5:35 mark, when a Brook Lopez's jump shot cut it to 86-79. Soon, it was a 90-86 game, due to a Joe Johnson three pointer; Brooklyn was on an 11-4 run. Jarrett Jack continued his hot streak and hit a three from the corner to make the Hawks' lead just 90-89. The Nets were then on a 16-6 run. A wide open layup by DeMarre Carroll helped the Hawks' get some breathing room at 92-89 with 50 seconds left in the game; it was Carroll's first basket of the game. Paul Millsap hit 1 of 2 free throws to maintain the lead at 93-91 with 28.6 seconds left. Deron Williams had an opportunity to tie the game with a mid-range jumper from the baseline, but he failed to capitalize. Kyle Korver iced the game for the Hawks with a pair of free throws, and the Hawks would go up 2-0 in the series. Paul Millsap led all Hawks scorers with 19 points and Brook Lopez had 20 points for the Nets.
The Hawks are now up 2-0 against the Nets in the series and will head eastward to Brooklyn on April 25th for Games 3 and 4. Atlanta is now 6-0 on the season against Brooklyn.