Nets blow out Hawks in London
Joe Johnson scored 26 of his 29 points in the first half and Andray Blatche added 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 127-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks yesterday in the fourth regular-season NBA game to be played in London.
Johnson had 15 points in the first quarter, including 11 straight for the Nets (16-22) late in the period.
Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack, both coming off the bench, led the Hawks with 17 points each.
Both teams finished with five players scoring in double digits.
PACERS 117, KNICKS 89
Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 28 points, Paul George added 25, and Indiana won its ninth straight at home.
The Pacers have won three in a row overall and still have the NBA’s best record and the league’s top home record (20-1). Indiana leads idle Miami by four games in the chase for the Eastern Conference’s top seed.
Carmelo Anthony had 18 of his 28 points in the first quarter to lead New York. J.R. Smith, who was benched in two of the previous four games, played 28 minutes and scored 12 points. The Knicks have lost two straight after winning five in a row.
Indiana took control with an 11-1 run midway through the second quarter, then closed the first half on a 16-7 run to make it 63-48.
New York never challenged again.