Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, bottom, and Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins vie for a rebound for the length of the second half of of an NBA basketball sport Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young had 35 scheme and 15 assists, Clint Capela added 22 scheme and 10 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Denver Nuggets 123-115 on Sunday evening.
The Hawks had lost five of six and eight of 10. The Nuggets have lost six of seven on the road.
Jamal Murray, coming off a profession-high 50 scheme Friday at Cleveland, led Denver with 30. Nikola Jokic, Will Barton and Monte Morris every scored 15.
“Obviously, Jokic is a top two or three MVP,” Capela acknowledged. “So I genuinely challenged myself tonight to find rid of him as factual as I could perchance perchance because I do know he can have the sort of sport that will perchance merit his crew.”
The Nuggets, playing their fourth sport in six days, appeared tired within the second half of as the Hawks went up by 22 scheme on a 3-pointer by Young on the 2: 35 ticket of the third quarter. They trimmed the lead to eight with 1: 14 left within the sport and closed inner seven with 46 seconds remaining, but acquired no closer.
“It’s a long season. I don’t understand how repeatedly it be distinguished to contemporary it,” Murray acknowledged. “You guys inquire of about if we lose games … it’s the stop of the field. It’s correct basketball. Some days you lose. Some days you’re taking. We know we can beat the groups we’re speculated to beat. We know we’ll be within the playoffs and it doesn’t topic who we’re playing. We’re going to give it our most effective shot.”
Young’s runner made it 64-54 with 32.6 seconds left earlier than halftime, giving the Hawks their first double-digit lead and shutting out a 14-4 speed.
Young hit a 33-footer to give the Hawks a 12-point lead halfway throughout the third, and the Nuggets called timeout. Atlanta soon took a 17-point lead on Kevin Huerter’s inner basket on the 4: 37 ticket, and the Nuggets called but any other timeout. Capela followed with a reverse layup to assemble it a 19-point lead.
Young, who made 11 of 13 free throws, became the catalyst at point guard.
“I thought he did a colossal job of the total floor sport on both ends,” Hawks assistant coach Nate McMillan acknowledged. “I thought he labored onerous on the defensive stop of the floor. He had Murray to initiating out the sport and did a factual job of correct looking out to work to place in front of him, fight over the displays. Offensively we obligatory to power misses and find out in transition. We were in a position to provide that.”
Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr. scored 10 scheme within the first quarter as the Nuggets shot 72.2% on 20 makes an try from the topic, but led correct 33-27. Porter did no longer bring collectively the relaxation of the sport. … Denver became outscored 37-23 within the second. … The Nuggets dropped to 1-10 when permitting on the least 119 scheme. … Jokic pulled down 10 rebounds for his league-leading 27th double-double.
Hawks: Atlanta has acquired 10 of the series’ remaining 12 games at Declare Farm Arena. The Hawks are 25-5 at dwelling towards Denver since the 1989-90 season. … Capela, the NBA’s rebounding chief, completed four below his average.
STILL ON THE SHELF
JaMychal Inexperienced’s exact shoulder became already hurting going into the Cleveland sport Friday when he acquired hit within the left shoulder after correct 1: 15 on the floor. He speedy left and couldn’t play towards Atlanta.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a long-interval of time part,” coach Michael Malone acknowledged. “I’m hoping perchance we can find him motivate sometime within the shut to future.”
It appears to be like initiating guard Gary Harris will need extra damage day with a left adductor rigidity. He got here motivate at Washington earlier within the week, but wasn’t his approved self, scoring two scheme and handing out one merit in 28 minutes.
The Nuggets were also with out F Paul Millsap (exact knee sprain) and P.J. Dozier (hamstring).
Atlanta became missing F De’Andre Hunter (exact knee surgical plot), G Bogdan Bogdanovic (exact knee break), G Kris Dunn (exact ankle surgical plot), G Rajon Rondo (lower motivate ache).
Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce overlooked his third straight sport, this time for the reason that NBA dominated that COVID-19 restrictions supposed he wants to place away from the crew a pair of extra days. Pierce had stayed at dwelling from two games at Boston earlier this week for the birth of his second child.
“We thought or anticipated he would be in a position to come motivate for this evening’s sport, however the NBA stepped in and he needed to construct up a pair extra days off,” acknowledged McMillan, who took payment for the third straight sport. “He must be on hand, if all the pieces goes successfully, for Cleveland’s sport on Tuesday.”
McMillan acknowledged Pierce had a Zoom call with the workers to head over Sunday’s sport belief.
“He’s doing colossal,” McMillan acknowledged. “His family’s doing factual. He’s looking out at film and within the mix of looking out to merit with the toddler, but he usually prepped us for the sport tonight with the coaches this morning. He went through all the pieces with us on a Zoom call because he anticipated being here tonight and unfortunately he can’t thanks to the protocol, however the family’s doing successfully.”
Nuggets: Host Portland on Tuesday.
Hawks: Seek the advice of with Cleveland on Tuesday.