Joe Johnson was the stand out performer as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Atlanta Hawks 127-110 at the O2 arena in London earlier today.
The Nets went into the game trailing the Hawks in the eastern conference but soon showed why many picked them to challenge for glory this season.
Johnson racked up 15 points in the first quarter including two out of three from three-point range.
It was credit to the Hawks that they could even stay in the contest for long spells, and they did so with seven points each from the deadly trio of Paul Millsap, Lou Williams and Jeff Teague in the first quarter.
Brooklyn's number seven continued his devastating shooting skills in the second quarter, adding another 11 points and another three efforts from beyond the arc.
One bright spark for the Hawks was the continued form of Paul Millsap, who had 13 points in the game. Jeff Teague also did his All-Star chances no harm, putting up 16 points.
The Hawks fell further behind in the second half however as they rued missed shots against the supremely accurate Nets shooters. Millsap was the biggest culprit as he was 2/7 in the third quarter.
In reality there was little for the Hawks to take from their trip to London and they will hope that a return home will be a return to winning ways.
Meanwhile it seems that the Nets are going from strength to strength in 2014 and are within touching distance of a possible playoff berth.
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