Williams, Hawks beat Nets

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ATLANTA - Marvin Williams scored 24 points, Josh Smith and Josh Childress each had 23, and the Atlanta Hawks ended a three-game losing streak with a 104-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night.

The Hawks, who had dropped seven of eight, used a quick transition game to outscore New Jersey 16-7 on fast-break points in the second half.

Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 23 points. Reserve forward Bostjan Nachbar finished with 16 as New Jersey had a two-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 2-10 since Jan. 11.

The Hawks led by double digits for most of the second half. With 6:42 remaining, Vince Carter dribbled past Joe Johnson on the left side, but Smith, the NBA's second-leading shot blocker, deflected the ball off the backboard for an Atlanta rebound.

Ten seconds later, Smith's finger-roll layup made it 93-80. Childress' three-point play with 2:21 left pushed the lead to 100-86 after he drove the right side and dunked over Carter.

Atlanta ended a four-game losing streak against the Nets.

New Jersey's Jason Kidd was just 2-for-9 from the field, but his 10 rebounds moved him into second place on the NBA career list of rebounds by a guard. He began the game with 6,672 rebounds, tied with Michael Jordan, and surpassed Clyde Drexler for second place. Oscar Robertson leads the list with 7,804.<

Notes: Jason Collins started at center and scored two points in what could be his last game after six years with New Jersey. The Nets are close to completing a trade that would send Collins to Memphis for Stromile Swift. ... Hawks F Shelden Williams, the fifth overall draft pick of 2006, did not play for the second straight game and for the seventh time in 12 games due to a coach's decision.

 
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