ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks regained momentum in their first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets with a 107-97 win on Wednesday night at Philips Arena.
Forward DeMarre Carroll had a game-high 24 points and point guard Jeff Teague and forward Al Horford made big shots down the stretch to hold off Brooklyn’s late push.
The Hawks, who took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series, never trailed but again struggled to put away the resilient Nets.
Atlanta led by as many as 17 points in the first half and took an 82-70 lead into the fourth quarter before the Nets scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 82-79 with eight minutes left. The run was capped by guard Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer and foul-line jumper by guard Jarrett Jack.
Jack had a big fourth quarter, scoring 12 of his 18 points. His layup with 4:40 to play cut the Hawks’ lead to 90-89. Teague answered with a 3-pointer and then created a turnover that led to a layup from Carroll to push the lead back to six with 3:48 to play.
Brooklyn forward Joe Johnson, who spent seven seasons in Atlanta, hit consecutive 3-pointers to again bring the Nets within two at 97-95 with 2:11 to play.
The Nets had the ball down two with two minutes to play, but Johnson missed a contested reverse layup, and the Hawks closed with a 10-2 run to take a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 is Friday in Brooklyn.
Teague scored six points in the final 1:07, playing through a right ankle sprain he sustained early in the second half. He finished with 20 points and eight assists.
Forward Alan Anderson led the Nets with 23 points and Johnson finished with 18 points.
After a draining overtime loss in Game 4, the Hawks got off to the kind of start they needed Wednesday. Energetic and motivated, their ball movement was crisp, defense intense and shooters confident in an impressive first quarter.
The Hawks had nine assists on 14 first-quarter field goals. Carroll’s deep 3-pointer of an inbounds play beat the buzzer and put the Hawks up 33-16 after one quarter.
Brooklyn got right back in the game, though, scoring the first 11 points of the second quarter. Deron Williams, who had a huge performance in Game 4, didn’t score until three minutes were left in the first half. The veteran point guard had 35 points and seven assists in Game 4 but finished with five points and six assists in Wednesday’s loss.
Anderson picked up the slack, completing a four-point play that trimmed the Atlanta lead to 48-42 with one minute to play in the second quarter. Anderson had 16 points in the first half but was outdone by Carroll, who had 19 to help the Hawks take a 53-44 lead into halftime.
Teague sprained his right ankle early in the third quarter and limped straight to the locker room. He wasn’t gone for long and returned to help fuel the Hawks’ push to close the third quarter. Atlanta led 82-70 heading into the fourth quarter.
NOTES: Hawks G Kyle Korver was named the 2014-15 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner on Tuesday. The annual award reflects the ideals of sportsmanship — ethical behavior, fair play and integrity — in amateur and professional basketball. … The Nets are trying to become the fifth No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 seed in the first round. The 2011 Memphis Grizzlies were the last to pull it off, ousting the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs 4-2. The 2007 Golden State Warriors, 1999 New York Knicks and 1994 Denver Nuggets also won first-round series as No. 8 seeds. … Game 7 of Nets-Hawks series, if necessary, would be at 1 p.m. Sunday, the NBA announced. … Wednesday’s referees were Monty McCutchen, David Jones and James Williams.