Originally created 01/18/98

Van Horn, Nets trounce Hawks



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Keith Van Horn scored 23 points and the New Jersey Nets held Atlanta to a season-low 10 points in the third quarter in ending the Hawks' six-game winning streak, 97-81 Saturday night.

Kerry Kittles added 19 points, Sherman Douglas had 18 points and 10 assists and Jayson Williams had 15 points and 23 rebounds as the Nets bounced back from a disappointing loss at home to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Steve Smith led the Hawks with 17 points, but his streak of scoring at least 20 points was stopped at eight games. Dikembe Mutombo added 12 points and 11 rebounds, but Atlanta looked tired playing for the second straight night and the fifth time in seven days.

Smith was 4-of-15 from the field and Christian Laettner, who finished with nine points, shot 2-of-9 as Atlanta hit just 39 percent from the field.

Van Horn and Douglas got the Nets going by scoring seven points apiece in a 24-6 spurt bridging the second and third quarters. Trailing 43-37, Van Horn ignited the run with a spurt with a dunk and 3-pointer late in the half and Douglas capped it with a long 3-pointer as the shot clock was running down.

The run gave New Jersey a 61-49 lead and Atlanta never got closer than eight points the rest of the way. Van Horn added to his highlight film material in the fourth quarter with a driving dunk.

Kendall Gill added 17 points for New Jersey, which outrebounded the Hawks 49-41. The Nets had a season-low five turnovers.