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Trae Young propels Atlanta Hawks to victory on injury return

Associated Press

Wednesday 6 November 2019 09:07, UK

Trae Young celebrates after draining a three-pointer against San Antonio 1:52
Trae Young celebrates after draining a three-pointer against San Antonio

Trae Young returned from injury with 29 points and 13 assists to lead the Atlanta Hawks to victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

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Young scored 28 of his points in the second half as the Hawks moved past the suspension of John Collins to snap a three-game losing streak.

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Young, returning after missing one game with a right ankle sprain, put on a series of dazzling moves in the fourth quarter to help his team overcome the loss of Collins, who was suspended earlier in the day for 25 games without pay for a violation of the NBA's anti-drug program after testing positive for a growth hormone.

"Everybody stepped up in a big way," Young said. "Like I say, we're going to miss John. He's a big piece of our team. It's not easy, but they did a great job. We've just got to take it game by game, but we did a good job today."

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During the final period, Young put on a dribbling display that stopped Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge cold, then zipped a brilliant pass from the right-side perimeter to a cutting DeAndre' Bembry for a dunk that put the Hawks up 95-88 with 4:52 remaining.

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Young turns LaMarcus Aldridge inside out then plays a no-look pass to DeAndre' Bembry for the dunk

"I cut to the rim as he was looking for someone to do," Bembry said. "It was perfect timing. It was a great pass, a hell of a pass, and just made two points."

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The crowd roared again after Young fell backward while hitting a three-pointer from the right corner to make it 104-96 with 2:11 remaining. It was a stark contrast from the first two quarters when Young was 0-for-8 from the field.

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"He was cold in the first half and probably getting some rust off a little bit, I would imagine, but the second half he was great," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

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"He played confidently, whether he was driving it for little runners or shooting the three. He did a great job."

Click the video at the top of the page to watch highlights from Young's 29-point, 13-assist performance.

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