DeMarre Carroll led the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 to destroy the Brooklyn Nets and register a 3-2 lead in the series. The top-seeded Hawks struck form at the right moment to win 107-97 on Wednesday after the Nets tied the series in Game 4 at Brooklyn.
The winners took control of the game in the first quarter only at home. The Hawks led by 17 points in that period. Alan Anderson led the comeback for the Nets in the second quarter by scoring 14 points. But Deron Williams, star of Game 4 for the Nets, couldn’t deliver. The Nets also suffered from poor shooting; the entire team combined for 10 of 31 in the first half and lagged behind.
Carroll scored 19 points in the first half, guiding his side to a comfortable 9-point lead at intermission. Anderson scored 16 for the Nets during that session.
Kyle Korver scored three 3-pointers in the 3rd quarter to extend the Hawks’ lead to 14. But Jarrett Jack and Joe Johnson brought the Nets back in the game. The Georgia Tech star Jack scored 10 points in the final quarter.
Johnson scored consecutive three-pointers while the Nets narrowed the margin to 2 points with 2.20 minutes of regulation time remaining. But the Hawks snatched the game and finished riding on a 10-2 run, taking advantage of some costly turnovers the Nets were conceding. Jeff Teague proved his worth for Atlanta in the entire 2nd half.
DeMarre Carroll finished with 24 points and 7 rebounds, Al Horford scored 20 more, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists, and Teague notched up 20 points and 8 assists for the Hawks.
The series now moves on to Game 6 at Brooklyn on Friday. The Nets, having won two home-games, would look forward to tie the series once more.