WHAT IT MEANS: Give the Nets credit. Despite blowing a 12-point lead and allowing the reeling Atlanta Hawks to send the game into overtime, New Jersey played well in the extra session and earned itself a 107-101 victory Tuesday night in front of 13,010 at Prudential Center. In the process, the Nets (5-9) snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the first time in their last four home games. The Hawks have now lost three straight and seven of nine after kicking off the 2010 season by winning their first six games.
TURNING POINT: It was a brand-new ball game at the start of overtime when Brook Lopez and Devin Harris decided they’d had enough. Lopez and Harris converted back-to-back layups to put the Nets ahead 97-93. Then, after the Hawks cut a five-point deficit to three with under two minutes left, Harris drilled a 3-pointer to put them back up six with 1:07 remaining. He later took a charge on Jamal Crawford that sealed the deal. Harris finished with 27 points -- 13 coming in the third quarter and nine assists in 44 minutes. He was 9-of-17 from the field, 3-of-7 from 3-point range and 6-of-8 from the free throw line.
STAR OF THE GAME: Lopez. The center scored 21 points in the first-half en route to finishing with a season-high 32. He dropped in the game’s first seven points and ended with 15 after the opening 12 minutes. He added nine rebounds in 44 minutes.
O.T. BOUND: The Nets were up five with 2:23 remaining in the fourth quarter after Devin Harris knocked down a pair of free throws and appeared well on their way to snapping their three-game losing skid. But they couldn’t close out the reeling Hawks. Jamal Crawford drilled a 3-pointer to get Atlanta within 93-91. Then, after Travis Outlaw missed a jumper, Joe Johnson got the ball inside for the Hawks, went up for a layup but was fouled. He made both free throws to tie things at 93 with 20.3 seconds left and Harris missed a desperation 3-pointer as the regulation buzzer sounded.
INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Nets guard Anthony Morrow moved into second place on the NBA’s all-time 3-point accuracy list behind former Chicago Bulls sniper Steve Kerr when he hit the first of two consecutive 3-pointers midway through the fourth quarter. Morrow, who went 2-of-5 from behind the arc, entered the game 249-of-551 from 3-point territory. To qualify, Morrow needed to connect on 250 career 3-pointers.
T-WILL INACTIVE: Terrence Williams said he was 100 percent physically, but was placed on the inactive list Tuesday night for repeatedly violating team policy, according to Nets head coach Avery Johnson. Williams will not accompany the team to Boston, Johnson said. Johnson declined to reveal what policy Williams failed to comply with.
IT IS WHAT IT IS: That’s been the mantra lately for power forward Troy Murphy, who was inactive for the fourth consecutive game on Tuesday night. “It’s up to [Avery Johnson], he’s the coach. He’s the one who’s in charge,” Murphy said. “I’d like to be able to play. I look forward to playing in every game and I’d like to be out there, but it is what it is. They really haven’t told me much. I’m just trying to work hard to get better.”
Murphy, who has missed time with back and right foot injuries, said he is healthy enough to play. But apparently, Johnson doesn’t think so.
Murphy won’t accompany the team to Boston Wednesday night when the Nets face the Celtics. Instead, he’ll be at the team’s practice facility in East Rutherford, shooting and lifting weights. “I’m just going to continue to work hard,” said Murphy, who is currently stuck behind starter Kris Humphries and rookie Derrick Favors on the depth chart at the four spot. “But it is what it is.”
CELEBS IN DA HOUSE: New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining in the Jets’ 30-27 win over the Houston Texas on Sunday, was at the Prudential Center and got a rousing ovation from the crowd when he was shown on the jumbotron. NBC broadcaster Bob Costas was also in attendance.
UP NEXT: Boston. The Nets will take on the Celtics Wednesday in Beantown as they play their second game in as many nights. Boston (10-4) currently owns the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are currently sixth in the NBA in points allowed (93.4), which doesn’t bode well for the offensively challenged Nets, who came into Tuesday night’s game ranked 29th in the league in points scored (92.7).