Nets swept by Hawks

Some thoughts after the Nets’ fifth straight loss, a 93-84 defeat in Atlanta on Friday night.

• The Hawks swept the four-game season series.

• The Nets (15-34, 10-16 road) played phenomenal basketball at the end of the third quarter, using great defensive stands and turnovers to rip off an 11-0 run and take a 69-62 lead into the final period.

• But the game turned when Deron Williams had to get a rest. The Nets’ offense went in the tank, and the Hawks started the fourth on an 8-0 run to take a 70-69 lead.

• The Hawks went on to outscore the Nets 30-15 in the final quarter. New Jersey went 5-for-18 from the field in the last 12 minutes.

Gerald Green played well, scoring 10 points, grabbing five rebounds and having one heck of a block on Jeff Teague during the fourth. But in the final minute, he failed to come up with a rebound that would’ve given the Nets a chance to get within one.

• D-Will had 20 points, eight assists and four rebounds on 9-for-20 shooting in 39 minutes.

MarShon Brooks was mostly invisible in 18 minutes, going 2-for-4.

Gerald Wallace struggled to shoot for the second straight game, going 3-for-14 -- including 2-for-7 from 3-point range. He did have nine rebounds and six assists, though.

Jordan Williams was great off the bench. In 15 minutes, the rookie had eight points and three rebounds. Kris Humphries had a quiet but solid 17 points and eight rebounds.

• The Nets won the rebounding battle 45-33, but were outscored 50-28 in the paint. They also made just six of their 25 3s.

• When he wasn’t shooting stupid 3s or jacking up dumb jumpers, Josh Smith was a one-man wrecking crew. He finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds.

• The Nets take on Charlotte on Saturday night at home, where they’re just 5-18.