NBA regular season

Hawks muscle up on Mavericks in season opener 

Hawks muscle up on Mavericks in season opener 

LOCKED IN. Mavericks guard Luka Doncic gets defended by Hawks center Clint Capela (left) and forward De'Andre Hunter.

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Trae Young and the Hawks spoil the debut of Dallas head coach Jason Kidd

Guard Trae Young, who had 28 double-doubles last year, picked up where he left off by recording 19 points and 14 assists to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 113-87 win over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, October 21 (Friday, October 22, Manila time).

The outcome ruined the debut of Dallas head coach Jason Kidd, who replaced Rick Carlisle this summer.

The win ended Atlanta’s two-game losing streak to the Mavericks. The Hawks are now 24-6 at home since February 21.

Young was 6-for-16 from the floor, two of them three-pointers, in 33 minutes and scored a near statistical draw with Dallas rival Luka Doncic, who had 18 points on 6-for-17 shooting, with 11 rebounds and 7 assists. 

Doncic, guarded most of the night by Atlanta’s De’Andre Hunter, was only 2-for-7 on three-pointers.

Cam Reddish came off the bench to lead the Hawks with 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting and three triples. 

All five Atlanta starters scored in double figures – John Collins with 16 points and 9 rebounds, Clint Capela had 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks, while Bogdan Bogdanovic and Hunter each scored 11. The Hawks shot 47.9% from the floor.

The Mavericks shot just 33.3% from the field. Jalen Brunson came off the bench to score 17 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 14 points and Kristaps Porzingis scored 11.

Dallas jumped out to a 10-2 lead to start the game, but Atlanta found its shooting and built a 51-44 lead at halftime. The Hawks put the game away in the third quarter by outscoring the Mavs, 35-20. The Hawks took a 21-point lead with 4:51 left in the third quarter on a three-pointer by Hunter.

The Hawks played without Danilo Gallinari (left shoulder soreness) and Lou Williams (left hip soreness).

Both teams return to action on Saturday. Dallas plays at the Toronto Raptors, while Atlanta visits the Cleveland Cavaliers. –