Evans, Johnson lead Hawks in win over New Jersey

By GEORGE HENRY,
Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA (AP) Maurice Evans scored 22 points, and Joe Johnson added 21 points and 10 assists to help the Atlanta Hawks beat the New Jersey Nets 130-107 on Sunday for their fourth straight win.

Devin Harris, who started despite a sprained left pinky finger, scored 23 points for the Nets, who allowed a season high in points in their third consecutive loss – dropping the NBA’s worst record to 2-22.

Josh Smith and Al Horford each finished with 16 points for Atlanta, which improved to 10-2 at home. Jamal Crawford added 13 points, and Mike Bibby and rookie Jeff Teague each had 12.

Evans made his first start this season after forward Marvin Williams was unable to dress because of an upset stomach.

Updated December 13, 2009