Tyronn Lue hit a 23-foot jumper at the buzzer to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 101-99 overtime victory against the New Jersey Nets on Sunday, posting their first three-game road winning streak since December 2000. Joe Johnson scored 37 points and Josh Smith atoned for a sub-par game, scoring six of his 14 points in overtime to help the Hawks win their ninth road game this season and exceed their entire total last year. Lue finished with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field. The game-winning shot came after Vince Carter hit a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game at 99 with 2.9 seconds to play. After a time out, Lue took the inbound pass, dribbled to the 3-point line and launched his game-winner with his foot on the line. The Hawks tackled him at halfcourt and celebrated in a pile as if they had just won a championship. Vince Carter had 27 points to lead the Nets, who lost their third straight since returning from a West Coast road trip. It also marked their fourth loss late in a game in the past eight games. Rookie Marcus Williams had 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the overtime for New Jersey, while Jason Kidd added 13 points, 11 assists and five rebounds. The Hawks' best season on the road since 2000-01 was 10-31 in 2003-04. Their three-game winning streak in 00-01 came in a year when they went 7-34 away from home. The Hawks came close to blowing this streak, squandering leads of seven and four points in the final 3:23 of regulation. They had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Smith, who was 2-of-14 before the OT, missed a wide-open 3-pointer from the right corner. In the extra period, Smith had consecutive dunks to give Atlanta a 93-92 lead with 2:07 to go. A driving layup by Carter put the Nets back in front, but Smith hit a baby hook in the lane and Lue hit a jumper after a Carter turnover for a 97-94 lead with 14.4 seconds to play. Two free throws by Carter closed the gap to a point with 11.4 seconds to play. Lue stretched the lead to 99-96 with two free throws with 9.4 seconds left, but Carter nailed a wide-open 3-pointer after taking a pass from Kidd. Lue then nailed the game winner, just as Mike Bibby of Sacramento, Monta Ellis of Golden State and Cuttino Mobley of the Clippers did in the recent road trip. New Jersey staged two impressive comebacks to force the extra session. Down 82-75 after Smith hit a 3-pointer with 3:23 to play, the Nets scored seven straight points, tying the game on two free throws by Bostjan Nachbar with 1:45 to go. The Hawks came right back and scored the next four points. Marvin Williams hit a jumper from the left wing and Johnson hit a fadeaway late in the shot clock for an 86-82 lead with 43.7 seconds to play. Shortly after a Nets time out, Carter scored an easy layup. Smith then threw up an air ball for the Hawks late in their possession and Kidd found Marcus Williams for a game-tying fastbreak layup at 86-all with 11 seconds left.
Another buzzer beater loss......to the Hawks?