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Trae Young’s 24 points and 11 assist helped the Atlanta Hawks (14-30) defeat the Oklahoma Thunder (26-17) 142-126.
Westbrook tallied 31 points, 11 assist and six rebounds but it wasn’t enough.
Offense is the best defensive sometimes and our offense was great tonight,” stated coach Lloyd Pierce. Atlanta show 62% from the field including 49% from three-point land.
The game started at a fast pace for both teams as the lead flipped flopped. The Hawks recorded eight assist in the first quarter alone. The first quarter ended with the Thunder leading 29-25.
Second quarter, Atlanta’s energy picked up as they jumped out to a 10-2 run that included three-pointers from Kevin Huerter and Taurean Prince. As whole, Atlanta made 18 three-pointers in the game.
The Hawks had three dunks in a row in the second quarter, two from John Collins which one included a high flying alley hoop from Trae Young, and the other from Alex Len which sparked the team.
Alex Len scored 24 points and 11 rebounds and John Collins chipped in 26 points
The lead stretched out to as much as 15 which was jumpstarted by another rim shaking alley hoop from Collins and two three pointers from Huerter.
Atlanta led 70-59 at the half.
The Hawks continued their hot shooting in the third but Oklahoma City got hot as well. After a couple sloppy passes by Atlanta, the Thunder was able to tie the game up.
Dennis Schroder scored five unanswered points including three pointer that put Oklahoma City up by five forced Atlanta to call a timeout.
In the first half, they [Hawks] were committing to me. In the second half, I just let the game come to me,” stated Schroder. It was Schroder’s first game back in Atlanta since he was traded to the Thunder.
In the fourth, Atlanta kept shooting a high percentage from the field. The lead ballooned to 12 points midway through the quarter and the Hawks never looked back..
36 of the 56 baskets were assisted by the team. DeAndre Bembry pitched in six of those assist along with 16 points. “We were just running some of the same plays and they were leaving some of the same plays open,” said Bembry.
The Hawks next game will be at home against the Boston Celtics.