The Nets pulled away in the third quarter with an 11-5 run to make it 108-82.
The Nets had their highest scoring game ever at the Barclays Center, topping the 131 they scored against Philadelphia on March 15, 2016.
Hawks guard Jeremy Lin, who spent the past two seasons with the Nets returned to Brooklyn and said he wished things had ended differently. Lin was surprised and upset with the trade that sent him to Atlanta on July 12 after two years and just 37 games in Brooklyn due to injuries.
“Honestly, coming in the building, just thankful,” said Lin, who was averaging 10.8 points and 41 percent shooting from the 3-point line in 25 games. “As sad as it is when I think of Brooklyn, obviously, I just think of a lot of injuries and things like that. It's quite a contrast to being healthy, being able to participate in a game.”
The Hawks have allowed 40 or more points in a quarter 11 times this season, including in Sunday’s game at the Nets. Here’s a look at the woeful periods this season:
49: Second quarter vs. Knicks on Oct. 17
40: Second quarter vs. Grizzlies on Oct. 19
42: First quarter vs. Mavericks on Oct. 24
41: Third quarter vs. Cavaliers on Oct. 30
46: Third quarter vs. Kings on Nov. 1
40: First quarter vs. Pistons on Nov. 9
45: First quarter vs. Celtics on Nov. 23
43: First quarter vs. Hornets on Nov. 25
42: First quarter vs. Celtics on Dec. 14
41: Third quarter vs. Celtics on Dec. 14
42: First quarter vs. Nets on Dec. 16