The Nets moved into a tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference despite missing a staggering 21 free throws to give the Hawks a chance at the end. After Joe Harris hit one of two foul shots with 16.3 seconds remaining, Trae Young dribbled down the clock and passed to 42-year-old Vince Carter, who missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
John Collins finished with 33 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for Atlanta, and Young had a triple-double with 23 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
Young and Collins combined to score 27 points in the fourth to keep Atlanta close. Young hit a pair of free throws with 5:11 left gave Atlanta its first lead since the first quarter, but Brooklyn never trailed again after D'Angelo Russell's 3 made it 111-109 with 1:41 remaining.
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The Nets return home for a matchup with the Pistons on Monday at 7:30 p.m.