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Trae Young leads Hawks to victory

Trae Young reacts to game action

ATLANTA — In a game that was back-and-forth all night, the Atlanta Hawks prevailed at the end and defeated the San Antonio Spurs 108-100 Tuesday night at State Farm Arena.

In his first game back since suffering an ankle injury, Trae Young scored 29 points, with 28 of them coming in the second half. Young also finished the night with 13 assists.

The win by the Hawks ended the team’s 3-game skid and now sit at .500 again with a 3-3 record.

“Everybody stepped up in a big way,” Young said. “Like I say, we’re going to miss John (Collins). He’s a big piece of our team. It’s not easy, but they did a great job. We’ve just got to take it game by game, but we did a good job today.”

John Collins received a suspension from the NBA earlier in the day when the league announced that Collins had violated the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug program. Collins was suspended for the next 25 games.

In the first half, neither team seemed to want to pull away from each other, given that the game was tied eight different times and there were 11 lead changes. But the interesting part is that the biggest lead for the Spurs was six points and four for the Hawks; the first half of the game finished 45-44 in the Spurs favor.

During the first half, the Spurs only shot 37 percent from the field to the Hawks 39.6 percent. The battle on the boards also remained close with a 27-26 advantage to the Hawks.

An interesting take away from the first half is that Young went 0-for-8 from the field and only had one point via a free throw. 

The leading scorer at the time was Jabari Parker, who had 10 points and was 5-for-7 from the field, along with four rebounds.

Also, Alex Len, who started in place of suspended John Collins only had one point in the first half, obtained from a free throw.

During the third quarter, the Spurs started to pull away, as they held an eight point lead in the middle of the quarter, their biggest of the game. But after a quiet first half by Young, the point guard took over the game and never let up. 

But at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Atlanta started a 9-0 run, led by two 3-pointers by Young and one 3-pointer by Hunter and giving the home team a 79-78 lead.

Then, both teams started to trade baskets again, but the Spurs pulled away again, this time holding a 87-83 lead. The lead was short-lived as Kevin Huerter shot a 3-pointer and then on the next play, he stole the ball from an inbound pass and dunked it. The two points gave Atlanta a 88-87 lead, a lead that they would not give up again for the rest of the game.

After the five points by Huerter, the Hawks went on a 13-5 run for the next five minutes and sealed the victory.

During the scoring run by the Hawks, Young pulled a great play that had everyone in the arena going nuts

The Hawks will be back in action Wednesday night, when the Chicago Bulls will come into town. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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