DENVER (AP) — Falling into a 12-0 hole less than three minutes in brought back unpleasant memories for the Atlanta Hawks.
Trae Young rewrote the ending with another big game.
The second-year point guard scored 15 of his season-high 42 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 assists to lead Atlanta over the Denver Nuggets 125-
Young finished seven points shy of his career high set March 1 against Chicago last season. He was 13 of 21 from the field and finished eight for 13 on three-pointers to flip the script on the Hawks’ last visit to Denver. The Nuggets scored the first 13 points on their way to a 45-point rout of Atlanta last November, but this time the Hawks pushed back.
“We didn’t want the same thing to happen again,” Young said. “We wanted to get back rolling.”
Jabari Parker had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Alex Len scored 17 for the Hawks, who played most of the second half without guard Kevin Huerter.
Huerter was hurt when he was fouled by Nikola Jokic with 9:57 remaining in the third quarter. Jokic slapped down on his arm as Huerter was starting to go up with the ball and he immediately grabbed his left arm. He was holding the arm against his body as he walked to the locker room.