ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Hawks closed out the pre-season with their starting five looking sharp.
Coach Nate McMillan wanted a dress rehearsal of sorts with Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanovich, De’Andre Hunter and John Collins all logging big minutes in the 127-92 victory over the Miami Heat yesterday.
Centre Clint Capela, making his pre-season debut, had 10 rebounds and 10 points in 12 minutes. He sat out the second half to rest his left Achilles.
The Heat were without Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Bam Adebayo and eight others as coach Erik Spoelstra decided to keep his stars at home with the team closing out the pre-season today in Miami against Boston.
Young had 27 points and 15 assists, and Hunter scored 19 as both players sat out the fourth quarter.
Javonte Smart finished with 20 points, and Max Strus added 18 for the Heat (4-1 preseason). Micah Potter had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Gabe Vincent handed out 10 assists.
Atlanta (2-2) jumped out to an early, big lead with Hunter’s dunk making it 31-12 at the 3:16 mark of the first quarter. The Hawks pushed the lead back to 19 when Cam Reddish hit a 21-footer with 7:49 to go in the second.
Young assisted on consecutive baskets – on a three by Bogdanovich that made it 53-32 at the 3:34 mark and on Capela’s dunk to put the Hawks up 57-35 with 2:26 left.
Young, coming off a calf contusion, followed with a couple of 3s, the second one making it 65-38 in the final minute before halftime. It was 67-43 entering the third.
Collins jammed in a dunk to make it 84-58 midway through the third. Young later assisted on three straight baskets, feeding Collins for a layup, Collins for a dunk and Kevin Huerter for a reverse layup. The Hawks took a 93-62 lead on Young’s three with 2:10 left in the third.
The Hawks were up 97-72 entering the fourth. They finished with 33 assists and 10 turnovers, five of them when the starters were out of the game.
Atlanta opens the regular season on October 21 at home against the Dallas Mavericks.
Miami’s season opener is on October 21 at home against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks.
KINGS 116, LAKERS 112
Deaaron Fox scored 21 points and Richaun Holmes had 15 points and 10 rebounds in Sacramento’s victory over Los Angeles.
Early in the second half, the Lakers called a timeout after LeBron James landed awkwardly attempting to make a play on the defensive end. Trainers tended to him during the break and he returned to play.
James scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook had 18, and Carmelo Anthony 15. Anthony Davis added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Deandre Jordan had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
NETS 107, TIMBERWOLVES 101
Joe Harris scored 23 points, shooting seven for 10 from three-point range, and Kevin Durant added 19 points and Brooklyn beat Minnesota as the teams closed pre-season.
The Nets was 15 for 36 from three-point range. Lamarcus Aldridge scored 16 points for Brooklyn, Nicolas Claxton 11 and Paul Milsap 10.
Jake Layman’s dunk brought Minnesota to 103-101 with 1:14 left. Cam Thomas made all four of his free throws to clinch it.
Anthony Edwards scored 23 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 16 for the Timberwolves