NBA regular season

Trae Young heroics propel Hawks to 2OT win vs Spurs

Trae Young heroics propel Hawks to 2OT win vs Spurs

CLUTCH. Trae Young catches fire late as the Hawks frustrate the Spurs at their home court.

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Trae Young scores 22 of his 28 points in the 4th and overtime periods to key the Hawks in snapping a two-game skid

Trae Young was nearly unstoppable at the end of the night, scoring 15 of his 28 points in the two overtime periods, while Danilo Gallinari canned a clutch late three-pointer as the Atlanta Hawks outlasted the San Antonio Spurs, 134-129, in a double-overtime thriller on Thursday, April 1 (Friday, April 2, Manila time).

Young also had 7 points in the fourth quarter and racked up 12 assists overall.

Clint Capela and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 28 points each for the Hawks, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Capela also took 17 rebounds, while Gallinari finished with 16 points and 12 boards.

Atlanta led 107-105 before two free throws by Young with 39.5 seconds to play. Dejounte Murray countered with a three-point play with 15 seconds remaining to allow the Spurs to move within a point.

After Young hit another free throw with 11.4 seconds in regulation, DeMar DeRozan sent the game into overtime with a pullup jumper in the lane with 2.7 seconds left.

The game was tied at 119 after a three-pointer by the Spurs’ Rudy Gay with 59.1 seconds remaining in the first extra period. Both teams then missed shots before Atlanta had the overtime’s last possession, spanning the final 16.6 seconds, but could not get off a shot in time.

The Hawks built a six-point lead in the second overtime before DeRozan and Gay shot San Antonio back to within 130-129 with 33 seconds remaining. Young then found Gallinari in the corner and he buried a three-pointer with 11.8 seconds left to secure the win.

DeRozan led the Spurs with 36 points, 2 points off his season high. Derrick White added 29 points to set a regular-season career-high, with Gay scoring 18, Murray scoring 16, and Jakob Poeltl adding 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The game was the second of a home back-to-back for San Antonio, which beat Sacramento on Wednesday.

The Spurs were within 54-48 at halftime. White led the way with 14 points in the half thanks to a 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc, while DeRozan added 10.

Capela led all scorers at the break with 18 points while Bogdanovic hit for 12. –