The Atlanta Hawks wrapped up the Eastern Conference playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets 4-2 by winning the game 6 on Friday night. The top-seeded Hawks exhibited their best in the third quarter and finally blew the Nets 111-87 at Brooklyn to book a semifinal birth.
Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Kyle Korver added 20 points to the tally scoring 3 of 6 three-pointers. Jeff Teague was a wall in the defense with 13 assists. The Hawks only led by 6 points at half-time before delivering the knockout punch with a 23-3 run in the third quarter. Atlanta led 41-21 in third quarter to clinch the series.
The no. 1 side were only ahead by 9 points after the first five games of the series as the Nets tied 2-2 in game 4.
”We didn’t play that well the first three games. I didn’t think we had our edge,” Korver said. ”I think coming here and losing two kind of woke of us.”
The Hawks now move on to face the Washington Wizards in the 2nd round series to kick off on Sunday.
”We believe,” said forward DeMarre Carroll, who guided the Hawks to win game 5, ”and we believe that when we are playing the right way, as you seen tonight, we can beat anybody.” Carroll notched up 20 points on Friday night.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 19 points. Brooklyn won game 6 to escape 1st round elimination in the last two seasons, but failed to keep up due to their dismal show in the 3rd quarter.
”You could just see they had the wave of momentum that they weren’t going to let up,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said.