(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