Temple, Dinwiddie pace Nets to easy win over Hawks

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ATLANTA (AP)Garrett Temple scored a season-high 27 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 of his 24 in the second half and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 130-118 on Wednesday night.

Taurean Prince finished with 23 points against his former team and Jarrett Allen had 20 for the Nets, who were coming off a three-point home loss Sunday to Miami but have won six of eight.

Trae Young scored 39 points and rookie Cam Reddish had a career-high 25 for Atlanta. The Hawks have lost 11 of 12.

Reddish drove for a fast-break layup to cut the lead to eight with 8:49 remaining. But after a Nets timeout, Dinwiddie drove the left side for a basket that pushed the lead to 102-92 and Brooklyn wasn’t threatened again.

Joe Harris’ no-look pass from the top of the key to Allen for a dunk completed a 13-5 run that gave Brooklyn its biggest lead at 117-101 with 4:38 left in the game.

The Nets took their first double-digit lead early in the third on Temple’s 3. Dinwiddie went into attack mode, prioritizing drives to the lane that resulted in three baskets and two free throws that made it an 11-point lead. Harris scored inside to make it 80-67, and DeAndre Jordan pushed the lead back to 13 with a follow shot that caused a Hawks timeout.

Dinwiddie quickly added another inside basket for his 12th point of the third to make it 86-75.

Brooklyn matched his its previous high in offensive rebounds – 18 against Indiana on Oct. 30 – late in the third.

Brooklyn led 56-47 at halftime. The Nets outrebounded Atlanta by 12 and outscored the Hawks 17-7 in second-chance points before intermission.

TIP-INS

Nets: G Kyrie Irving missed his 10th straight game with a right shoulder impingement and did not make the two-game road trip to stay home and rehab. … Brooklyn has won five straight in the series and four straight in Atlanta. … The Nets had 10 of their 26 assists in the fourth.

Hawks: F Kevin Huerter, returning after missing 11 games with a left rotator cuff strain, was on a 15-minute limit and was scoreless. … F De’Andre Hunter, sidelined by a dislocated right index finger, missed his first game. DeAndre’ Bembry started in his spot and had two points. … G Allen Crabbe was out with right knee soreness.

LAST MAN STANDING

With the firing of New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes, Brooklyn’s Kenny Atkinson has the longest tenure of any coach of a major pro sports team in the New York metropolitan area. This is his fourth season.

”Coaching’s a tough business,” Atkinson said. ”I really don’t know what to say. I don’t know if it makes me proud or sad for the other guys but it’s a tough business to survive in. Especially in New York.”

HE’S BACK

Prince received some warm applause after the Hawks showed a video tribute early in the first quarter to recognize his three seasons in Atlanta. The Nets acquired Prince in a June trade for Crabbe and a second-round pick. Prince starts at forward and is Brooklyn’s fifth-leading scorer with a 13.0 average.

Atkinson has been pleased with the deal.

”I loved his toughness,” Prince said. ”I loved his shooting.”

UP NEXT

Nets: At Charlotte on Friday and host Denver on Sunday.

Hawks: After three days off, at Charlotte on Sunday and at Miami on Tuesday.

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