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Taurean Prince was ‘100 percent motivated’ to beat Hawks

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Behind 23 points from Taurean Prince, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, a game which meant a lot to Prince.

The Hawks traded Prince to the Nets in the offseason, so the swingman was “100 percent motivated” to defeat his old team.

“I was 100 percent motivated, especially being the team that traded me away. That was part of it,” Prince said, via Brian Lewis of The New York Post. “There’s just a lot more trust given to me, a lot more situations I’m put in to be great. Just credit to the Brooklyn Nets for allowing me to be myself.”

The Nets acquired Prince in a summer trade, sending Allen Crabbe to Atlanta in a salary dump. Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson served as an assistant with the Hawks until just before they drafted Prince.

Brooklyn signed Prince to a two-year extension worth $29 million. He’s averaging 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game this season for the Nets while shooting 40.8 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free-throw line.

The Nets are 11-10 on the season, good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. They have been able to stay afloat without superstar guard Kyrie Irving, who is still out with a shoulder injury.