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The Nets allowed 140 points in their season opener at Indiana on Wednesday and then 121 against Orlando on Friday. They are hoping their defense can improve Sunday afternoon when they host the Atlanta Hawks.Brooklyn ranked 29th in points allowed at 112.5 while placing 23rd in defensive rating at 110.7 last season, when it lost 62 games. The Nets, after splitting their first two games, are allowing 130.5 points with a defensive rating of 118.3.
Jeff Teague went scoreless, but was arguably the team’s most important player. With 13 assists, he was the driving force behind the Hawks’ 34-assist night. He was fantastic defensively, too, setting up transition buckets during the third-quarter run.Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll emerged early with hot hands. They each scored 20, combining for a 9-of-14 clip from outside.
Both teams are coming off big nights by opposing centers. The Nets allowed Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic to total 41 points and 12 rebounds with six 3-pointers, while Atlanta allowed Howard to get 20 and 15.The teams split four meetings last season, with the winning team not scoring more than 117 points. Brooklyn allowed 92 and 82 points in two wins over the Hawks within a week of each other late in the season.