DENNIS Schroder scored 31 points, Paul Millsap added 24 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game skid with a 110-105 win over the cellar-dwelling Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16 points and Dwight Howard grabbed 14 rebounds to go with his 11 points for the Hawks, which had lost six of eight games and now trails fourth-place Toronto Raptors by three games in the Eastern Conference.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 27 points off the bench for the Nets, the NBA’s worst team. Brook Lopez had 18 and Jeremy Lin 16.
The Nets kept it close in the endgame with a triple from Lin, cutting the lead to 106-105 with 13 seconds remaining before Hardaway and Schroder drained their free throws to secure the win.
Schroder’s offensive performance on the hardwood contrasted with some off-court issues. The German player was benched for disciplinary reasons in the second half of Monday's loss to Golden State. He was also suspended one for returning late after the All-Star break and was also taken out of the starting lineup after missing the team bus.
The Nets led by as many as nine points in the second quarter and held the lead until Schroder hit a layup to make it 67-65 midway through the third.
Point guard Jose Calderon, claimed off waivers last weekend, played his first game for the Hawks after sitting out the last two games.