It wasn't a happy homecoming for Joe Johnson. Playing for the first time in the arena where he blossomed into a six-time All-Star over the past seven years, Johnson and the Nets were given a rude welcome by the Hawks, who ran them out of Philips Arena from the start and handed the Nets a 109-95 loss that snapped their seven-game winning streak to open the new year. "My main goal was to come in here and get a win," said Johnson, who finished with 15 points on 4-for-15 shooting in 41 minutes. "It [hurts], because it seemed like from the start we just weren't really into it tonight." Brook Lopez finished with 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Nets (23-16), who from the opening tip looked like a team that had played a hard-fought game the night before in Brooklyn against the Raptors. The Hawks, meanwhile, looked like a team determined to snap a skid that saw them enter last night's game with losses in six of their last seven games, including a blow-out defeat in their last game in Chicago on Monday night.
Nets' win streak snapped in Johnson's Atlanta homecoming
New York Post | Jan 17