The Hawks nearly ran past the Nets for a second straight game – and this time they did it even more short-handed.

The Hawks played without Al Horford, lost Lou Williams in the second quarter to a potentially serious knee injury and had DeShawn Stevenson and Anthony Morrow back home in Atlanta. Zaza Pachulia picked up his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter and fouled out with 2:50 remaining.

Yet the Hawks almost won again. Almost.

The Hawks went cold in the fourth quarter, making just two of their first 17 shots, as the Nets pulled away for a 94-89 victory at the Barclays Center Friday night. The big difference was the free-throw line where the Nets were 25 of 38 and the Hawks just 10 of 14.

The Hawks defeated the Nets Wednesday without leading scorer Josh Smith, who was serving a team-imposed one-game suspension.

"I always say that we have a group of guys that are like a puzzle," Pachulia said. "All the pieces we have work together. It's a long season. We still fought for 48 minutes. We gave ourselves a chance but just come up short."

The Hawks trailed by eight points, 90-82 with less than two minutes remaining. They pulled within one point by scoring the next seven points, including a thunderous dunk by Smith after going coast-to-coast with 1:02 remaining. Deron Williams sunk four three-throws, the final two with 11.7 left after Brook Lopez blocked a Jeff Teague shot, to clinch the game.