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Trae Young and John Collins gave the NBA a preview of the future for the Atlanta Hawks as they combined for 70 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks (21-41) to an overtime victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (29-32).
Young continued his hot shooting, scoring 36 points with 10 assist and eight rebounds.
Collins picked up the scoring slack by adding 34 points and eight rebounds. “It felt good to come out and show what we’ve been doing in practice. We’ve been doing it all year but this is a nice example of what we can do together,”
Atlanta jumped out early in the first quarter with an eight point lead but Minnesota was able to get hot thanks to Karl Anthony-Towns 11 points. Rose came off the bench and poured in eight points.
Young was effective in the first half dictating the pace for the Hawks. He was able to get to the paint consistently scoring 20 point and dishing out four assist.
“I think me just slowing slowing down and taking my time and focusing on the details and I’m getting back to normal,” stated Young
Atlanta got sloppy, ending the half with eight turnovers. Minnesota took advantage and led at the half, 68-60.
The second half was more of the same for the Hawks as the shooting woes continued. The percentage for the game dropped as low as 38%.
Atlanta continued to battle and kept the game close with a couple of alley-oops from Young to Collins that sparked the team.
After Young tying the game with under 20 seconds left, the Hawks came up with a stop with .05 seconds left.
Next possession, Hawks inbounded the ball to Young who pumped fake and hit the shot but after review, it was after the buzzer.
“I was kind of mad because I shot faked but he was so high that I knew it was no way I was going to be able to make it.
Anthony-Towns hit five quick points including a three pointer to cut it 125-123. The All-Star finished with 37 points and 17 rebounds.
In overtime, DeAndre Bembry scored six of his 16 points in overtime for the Hawks including a dagger to put them up 127-123.
Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points in the loss and Derrick Rose chipped in 18 points off the bench.
Vince Carter turned back the hands of time with two electrifying plays, one a drive to the rim where he hung in the air and clutched it back with one hand and shot it on the way down for the and one. The other, he drove and finished with a dunk.