In a thrilling overtime clash, Trae Young showcased his scoring prowess with a season-high 43 points, propelling the Atlanta Hawks (7-7) to a hard-fought 147-145 victory over the Brooklyn Nets (6-8).
This intense matchup marked the Hawks’ second consecutive high-scoring affair after falling 157-152 to the Indiana Pacers the previous night.
Despite the back-to-back games, the Hawks exhibited no signs of fatigue, securing a commanding 45-33 lead after the first quarter.
Young set the tone with a remarkable 19-point performance in the opening period, including six successful 3-pointers.
De’Andre Hunter played a crucial role for the Hawks, contributing 25 points and 11 rebounds, while also scoring nine consecutive points in the fourth quarter.
Clint Capela added a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, aiding Atlanta in snapping a three-game losing streak and reaching a .500 win-loss record.
Mikal Bridges led a resilient Nets squad, tying his career-high with an impressive 45 points and securing 10 rebounds. Bridges continued his stellar performance into overtime, registering 11 crucial points for the Nets.
Young’s 15-foot jumper with 17 seconds remaining in overtime proved to be the game-winner, giving the Hawks a 144-143 lead.
Onyeka Okongwu played a pivotal defensive role, blocking Bridges’ layup attempt with 7 seconds left, preserving Atlanta’s narrow lead. The game concluded with a missed buzzer-beater by Lonnie Walker IV.
Despite the absence of key players such as Ben Simmons, Cam Thomas, and Dennis Smith Jr. due to injuries, the Nets fought valiantly. However, they fell short, extending their losing streak to three games.
Nic Claxton contributed significantly for the Nets with 22 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in overtime. Spencer Dinwiddie recorded 26 points and 12 assists in a commendable individual effort.