The Nets won Game 3, 91-83 on Saturday afternoon, cutting the Hawks' lead in the series to 2-1. Here's how their defense controlled the game
Difference-Maker: Brook Lopez
Center Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points and 13 rebounds, but that doesn’t fully detail the impact he had.
Video review showed that the Hawks shot 1-of-17 on the shots that Lopez contested, including 0-of-8 when shooting at the rim.
The Hawks are now 5-of-21 when shooting at the rim against Lopez in this series.
Korver shut out
Kyle Korver went 1-of-8 from the field, but more notably, he was 0-of-5 from 3-point range. That was his most 3-point attempts without a make in any game this season.
Korver had his streak of seven straight playoff games with at least three 3-pointers end. It’s tied with Ray Allen for the longest such streak in NBA history.
Nothing doing in 1-on-1
The Hawks struggled to find their touch in Game 3 due in large part to taking a lot of shots in 1-on-1 situations. The divvying up of shots in this manner normally works alright for them, but it didn't in this game.
The Hawks shot 10-of-41 (24 percent) when a pass didn't directly lead to a shot, compared to 22-of-49 (45 percent) shooting on attempts that came directly from a pass.