Atlanta: Brooklyn's Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche each scored 18 points as the Nets won their third straight game by beating the Atlanta Hawks 93-80 on Saturday.
Al Horford finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who seemed lethargic after losing in overtime at Boston on Friday. Atlanta has lost five of six.
The result kept the Nets 2-1/2 games behind New York, which cruised past slumping Utah. In other key games, Milwaukee pulled away late to beat Golden State and Denver notched a 13th straight home win by downing Minnesota.