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Coronavirus Concerns Leave Seats Empty As Trae Young Leads Hawks In 2OT Victory Against The Hornets

(Atlanta, GA) – It only took 15 minutes to get to State Farm Arena in rush hour traffic. Rare in Atlanta but with the concerns over COVID-19 or the Coronavirus, not surprising. Fans who did show up though, were in for a real treat as Trae Young put up 31 points and 16 assists as the Hawks battled to a 143-138 double-overtime win over the Hornets.
Young came out the gate shootin’ giving Atlanta the first lead with a deep three that’s become synonymous with Ice Trae. He shot better from the 3-point line (46.2%/8-13) than he did from inside the perimeter. (11-25/44%).
But John Collins, who chipped in 28 points, including the tying layup with 52 seconds left in the first overtime to keep the game alive, was damn near perfect from the floor shooting 92.3% or 12/13. Collins oddly enough was only 50% from the free throw line.
Atlanta went into the half with a three point lead but allowed Charlotte to get the edge in the 4th quarter  and after Trae Young missed a crucial free throw, they were headed to a serious overtime showdown. Post game, Young said he was impressed with the way everyone battled back especially after he put them in an OT situation.
For Charlotte, Terry Rozier posted a career-high 40 points. Devonte Graham had 27 points, 10 assists and four steals in the loss.
Up next, the Hawks will host the Knicks Wednesday night while the Hornets travel to play the Heat

Dwyane Wade Plays His Last Game In Atlanta, Solidifies Legacy

(Atlanta, GA) – Sunday afternoon the Atlanta Hawks took on the Miami Heat at State Farm Arena. This was the last time Dewyane Wade would be playing in Atlanta, so there were definitely more D Wade fans in attendance than there were actual Hawks fans. Wade showed up and gave the crowd a couple highlights and scored 11 points. The energy in the Arena was amazing. It felt like a playoff game whenever Wade made one of his amazing plays.

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Dwyane Wade at State Farm Arena, January 6th, 2019. Photo Credit/ Christopher London

Despite all the excitement the Hawks were able to go out and take care of business at home to get a dominating 106-82 point victory. The Hawks led the entire first period and through most of the 2nd, but the heat finally took their first lead around the 7 minute mark in 2nd. That lead was very short lived and the Hawks were able to take a 38-37 point lead into halftime. The Hawks picked back up on the the momentum they started the game with in the 3rd, and proceeded to take full control of the game by outscoring the Heat 41-21 in the 3rd quarter. Miami never recovered from that dominant 3rd period from Atlanta. The Hawks cruised their way through the 4th period on their way to a 24 point victory.

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Photo Credit: Christopher London

Trae Young had a great night leading the Hawks to a victory vs one of his Idols. Young finished with 19 points and swapped jerseys after the game with Dwade. DeAndre Bembry continues to show and prove. Bembry ended his night with 17 points and has really been coming into his own this season. Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce stated that Bembry will be starting these next 4 games so he has a chance to see Exactly what works for him as a starter. John Collins had a quiet night, but even his quiet night always make a huge impact.

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John Collins campaigns for an All-Star seat. Photo Credit/Christopher London

Collins contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds in this victory.In addition to this being Wade’s final game in Atlanta, the future Hall of Famer also reached another milestone. With less than a minute to go in the 3rd Wade landed the 500th 3 pointer of his career. With this shot Wade joined an elite club with only Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players to have at least 20,000 points, 5000 assists, 4,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, 800 blocks, and 500 3s. This was another great motivating victory for the Hawks who had just lost really badly to the Bucks on Friday night.

The Hawks are going on a 3 game road trip starting in Toronto so that should be another interesting game. Can’t wait to see what this young team is able to do vs the best team in the league Tuesday night!

By Kennan Johnson

John Collins Scores Career High 30pts Against Nuggets

(Atlanta, GA) – The Atlanta Hawks cut a 4-game losing streak by beating the Denver Nuggets 106-98 at home.  Riding on the shoulders of John Collins, who has continued to increase his scoring over the last three games and hit a career high 30, the Hawks were able to dominate the 2nd and 3rd quarters after being down by 10 at the end of the first period.

Collins’ 30 pts were accompanied by 12 rebounds for a solid double-double. Collins who missed a number of games due to an injury at the beginning of the season seems to really be flourishing with that ankle inflammation and soreness behind him.  He was 12 of 20 from the floor and 3 of 6 from the three point line.

Post game Coach Pierce said, “It helps when he makes threes; he was 3 of 6 tonight. We know what he can do at the rim. But when he gets out there and their helping off of him, when he can knock some of those down, now they have to run out and guard him. I think he had a dunk where he attacked a close out because they were sprinting out to him at the three point line.”

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Nuggets Coach, Mike Malone even had to give up for Collins saying, “He did everything tonight. He hit threes, he got behind us for lob dunks, he worked the offensive glass, and he made plays for his teammates. I believe it was a career-high for John and Bembry, so anytime you give up two career-highs in the same game it’s usually not going to end well. John Collins had a heck of a game for them and he hurt us in every way possible tonight.”

That career high for DeAndre Bembry came in the form of 18 pts as Atlanta cruised to victory for a change.  We’ll see if they can hold that momentum though.

They’ve got a 3-game road trip ahead where they’ll play them Mavericks, Celtics and Nets before they come back home to host the Wizards.

Splash Brothers Plus One: Big Three Puts Atlanta Away Early

(Atlanta, GA) – It’s become normal for the Atlanta Hawks to lose their composure in one quarter, usually the 3rd.  But this time, out the gate, Atlanta let the Warriors dominate too much of the first quarter.  And it was a hole that they would find impossible to dig out of.
Golden State overpowered the Hawks 34-17 in the first period.  And whereas the remainder of the game, scoring wise, was close, the deficit was just too much. The Splash Brothers did what they normally do with Stephen Curry grabbing 30pts and Klay Thompson pulling down 27.  The NBA’s MVP, Kevin Durant added 28 of his own making the big 3 accountable for more than half of the Warriors’ points all together.
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The Hawks struggled in turnovers and lost Taurean Prince after what many deemed a flagrant foul from Shaun Livingston which resulted in the forward rolling his ankle.  Post game, Coach Pierce said the swelling was significant and Prince could be out for a few games.
For the Hawks it would be John Collins and Trae Young to lead the way.  Collins looked strong with a solid double double scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.  Trae Young was good for 20 while Jeremy Lin hit 14 off the bench.  Taurean Prince had 14 as well before leaving the game with that ankle injury.  Final Score 128 -111.  The Hawks are now 5-and-19.  Golden State is 16-and-9. And for the record, it was the first sellout game of the season for the Atlanta Hawks with almost 17,000 in attendance.