2. Too many times, the Nets were able to break down the Hawks on the perimeter, get into the paint and kick out for easy 3-pointers. They ended up shooting 45.8% from 3-point range, making 22 of 38 attempts, moving the ball well with 34 assists — Joe Harris went 6-for-8 from beyond the arc, with 18 points, James Harden went 5-for-11 with 16 points (plus 11 assists) and Patty Mills went 4-for-7 with 14 points off the bench. Overall, Kevin Durant led the Nets in scoring with 32 points, to go with five assists and seven rebounds.
3. De’Andre Hunter recorded a season-high 26 points and tied a career-high with six made 3′s, going 6-for-6. Hunter had knee surgery last postseason and couldn’t play in the Eastern Conference semifinals or finals, and was shooting 33.3% from 3-point range entering Wednesday as he works back into a rhythm. Hunter’s game had taken a huge leap forward before injury derailed things last year, and his production in this game is a good sign for what’s to come.
4. Kevin Huerter, who had an ankle procedure after last season’s playoff run, has had a slow shooting start to the season, too, not doing any running until training camp and having to work his way back into game shape. He averaged 4.8 points in the Hawks’ first seven games, but had an encouraging shooting performance Wednesday, adding 16 points off the bench (7-for-9 field goals, 2-for-2 from 3-point range).
5. This game kicks off a tough schedule stretch for the Hawks, with Thursday’s home game vs. Utah, the top team in the West, followed by a four-game west coast road trip at Phoenix, Golden State, Utah and Denver, before returning home to face the defending champions, Milwaukee. They’ve got two back-to-backs in six days (the second half of one Wednesday vs. the Jazz, then facing the Warriors Monday and the Jazz again Tuesday). Although it’s still super early in the season, this is a chance for the Hawks to see where they stack up against stiff competition.
Nets 117, Hawks 108 (box score)
Stat of the game: 22 (the amount of 3-pointers the Nets made, as Brooklyn piled it on in the second half)
Star of the game: Durant (led the Nets in scoring and finished as a plus-15)
Quotable: “It’s going to be hard to beat any team when you’re giving up that many easy points.” (McMillan on the Hawks’ self-inflicted wounds)