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Young, Huerter power Hawks to 123-110 win over Booker, Suns


ATLANTA (AP)– Kevin Huerter says he has no idea when Trae Young will go on one of his hot streaks.

The latest scoring spree for the Atlanta point player was specifically well-timed.

Young scored 21 of his 36 points in the 4th quarter and the Hawks retreated late to beat the Phoenix Suns 123-110 on Tuesday night.

” Any shot Trae takes looks good to us,” Huerter stated. “He struck probably 2 30- footers. When he’s making those, he is difficult to guard.”

Devin Booker led the Suns with 39 points before he was ejected for his 2nd technical nasty following his dunk with less than 2 minutes staying.

Young had only 15 points before more than doubling his overall in the last duration for his 20 th game with at least 30 points this season. He is balancing 29.1 points per video game.

” You have to have a more detailed in this league and you have to be able to execute in the fourth quarter,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce stated.

For Atlanta, burdened the NBA’s worst record, there has actually been far too little fourth-quarter execution this season. That changed versus the Suns, when the Hawks made 12 of 19 shots, consisting of 5 of eight 3-pointers, in the final period. Young hit four of seven 3s in the final 12 minutes.

” He’s been doing that considering that high school,” said Suns center Deandre Ayton, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Young got help from Huerter, his backcourt partner. Huerter scored 23 points and set career highs with 15 rebounds and 8 helps.

” I was trying to be aggressive,” he stated.

John Collins included 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Led by Young, the Hawks pulled away in the final duration after briefly losing their lead in the third. Young’s 3-pointer offered Atlanta a 95-92 lead it did not give up.

Each team made lineup adjustments.

Suns guard Ricky Rubio did not accompany the group to Atlanta for personal factors.

Phoenix coach Monty Williams, unhappy with his group’s play, swindled his tie following the video game.

” I thought our offense just sputtered tonight,” he said. “Certainly not having Ricky on the floor hurt. … But we had opportunities. The ball movement certainly wasn’t there.”

The Hawks had couple of choices inside as centers Alex Len (lower back pain) and Bruno Fernando did not play. Atlanta was boosted by Young’s return after missing one video game with an aching left hamstring.

After leading 56-51 at halftime, Atlanta opened the second half with a 12 -4 run.

Phoenix rallied late in the 3rd to take its first lead of the 2nd half, 81-80, on Cameron Johnson’s three-point play.


Suns: Elie Okobo missed his only 4 shots and had three assists in his 2nd start of the season as Rubio’s fill-in. … Booker made all 13 of his complimentary throws. … Mikal Bridges had 15 points.

Hawks: Fernando showed up in Atlanta on Tuesday early morning following a 20- hour flight from his native Angola. He missed his fourth game following his mom’s death. … Hawks Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins was provided a cake courtside to commemorate his 60 th birthday on Sunday.


Williams didn’t agree with Booker’s ejection.

” There’s taunting going on all game,” Williams said, including he believed the ejection was “silly.”

” That’s what I told the ref. That’s a difficult one to take,” he added.

Booker stated that after his jam he only stated: “I can do that every time.” He called the exchange of trash talk “typical NBA game talk.”


With his team missing out on 2 centers, Pierce stated his greatest concern was having Collins and Damian Jones get into foul difficulty as the team’s main readily available inside players.


Suns: Continue their three-game East Coast trip at New York on Thursday night.

Hawks: Dip Into San Antonio on Friday night.

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