Friday Jan. 30, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) -- Joe Johnson scored 29 points, leading the way as the Atlanta Hawks won the battle of high-scoring backcourts and beat the New Jersey Nets 105-88 on Friday night.
Johnson's backcourt-mate Mike Bibby added 20 points as the Hawks won for the first time in four tries against the Nets this season.
Johnson finished one point shy of reaching 10,000 for his career.
New Jersey's Devin Harris and Vince Carter form the top-scoring backcourt in the league with their combined average of 43.1 points per game, about six points better than the third-place Hawks combo. But Harris (20 points) and Carter (18) combined to make only 11 of 31 shots against the Hawks.
The Nets have lost eight of nine, including three straight.
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