ATLANTA -- This represented their best opportunity to date, their shot to finally collect their first victory of the season and end a nightmarish start.
The Nets trailed the Hawks by two points heading into the final 12 minutes, a major victory for a team that had been pummeled by a combined 59 points through its first four games. Brook Lopez was an unstoppable force, pumping in 16 third-quarter points and throwing down three nasty righthanded dunks.
But the weakness that's plagued the Nets crept up again, erasing any possibility Brooklyn had of upending Atlanta in the regular season for the first time since they beat them in London in January 2014. Their inability to put together an efficient fourth quarter and close out the opposition ultimately led to a 101-87 loss at Philips Arena.
Lopez paced the Nets (0-5) with 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Al Horford had 21 points and eight rebounds and Dennis Schroder added 20 points for Atlanta (4-1), which was with sharpshooter Kyle Korver. Korver, who is working his way back from offseason ankle surgery, sat out the second of back-to-back games for the Hawks.
The Nets' next chance to dent the win column comes when they host the Lakers at Barclays Center on Friday.