Atlanta Hawks faced the highly unpredictable Denver Nuggets in their latest encounter, wherein their marquee scorer, Trae Young came up with a double-double to help team ease past to victory. Young scored 35 points and 15 assists. While Clint Capela too added a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jamal Murray who came off his career-best 50-point night in the previous game, led the Denver Nuggets yet again with 30 points.
Nikola Jokic, Will Barton and Monte Morris all scored 15 points each for the away team. The Nuggets have now lost 6 out of 7 on the road. While the Hawks had lost 5 of 6 and 8 of 10. Young’s runner made it 64-54 with 32.6 seconds left before halftime, giving the Hawks their first double-digit lead and closing out a 14-4 run.
Trae Young leads Atlanta Hawks past Denver Nuggets 123-115
The Nuggets, playing their fourth game in six days, looked tired in the second half as the Hawks went up by 22 points on a 3-pointer by Young at the 2:35 mark of the third quarter. They trimmed the lead to eight with 1:14 left in the game and closed within seven with 46 seconds remaining, but got no closer.
Young hit a 33-footer to give the Hawks a 12-point lead midway through the third, and the Nuggets called timeout. Atlanta soon took a 17-point lead on Kevin Huerter’s inside basket at the 4:37 mark, and the Nuggets called another timeout. Capela followed with a reverse layup to make it a 19-point lead.
Atlanta Hawks Coach Lloyd Pierce missed his third straight game. This time because the NBA ruled that COVID-19 restrictions meant he needs to stay away from the team a couple of more days.