NBA regular season

Trae Young erupts for 42 as Hawks claw Bucks

Trae Young erupts for 42 as Hawks claw Bucks

CONFERENCE SLAYERS. Trae Young and the Hawks have won 11 straight home games against Eastern Conference opponents.

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Trae Young hits a career-high-tying 8 three-pointers and flirts with a triple-double as the Hawks snap a six-game skid

Trae Young scored a season-high 42 points to help the Atlanta Hawks end their six-game losing streak with a 120-100 win over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, November 14 (Monday, November 15, Manila time).

Young was 16-for-26 from the field and 8-for-13 on three-pointers – matching his career-high for successful threes – and had 10 assists and 8 rebounds. It was his second straight game with 30-plus points.

John Collins scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, while Clint Capela added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks.

Milwaukee was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who returned from missing Friday’s game with a right ankle sprain and recorded 26 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. Jrue Holiday added 19 points and 8 assists, while Grayson Allen scored 18. The Bucks lost their second straight game.

Atlanta improved to 4-1 at home and has won 11 straight home games against Eastern Conference opponents, tied for second-best in franchise history, and the longest such active streak in the NBA, according to Elias Sports.

The Hawks led by as many as 11 in the first quarter, making 7-of-10 on three-pointers – 5 of them by Young – and led 32-24.

Atlanta’s Cam Reddish was taken to the locker room with 7:21 left in the second quarter after banging knees with Bobby Portis, but he returned in the second half.

Young continued to pour it on with 12 points in the second quarter, giving him 27 at halftime. Atlanta made 11 three-pointers and outrebounded Milwaukee 28-16 to take a 58-44 lead into intermission.

The Bucks scored the first 8 points of the third quarter to trim the lead to 6, but the Hawks responded with a 6-0 run capped by Capela’s dunk to withstand the run and held an 89-77 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Milwaukee played without Brook Lopez (back injury), George Hill (back), and Khris Middleton (COVID protocol), and Atlanta was without De’Andre Hunter (wrist soreness).

Atlanta will complete a back-to-back by hosting Orlando on Monday. Milwaukee will return home Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers to start a five-game homestand. –