The Atlanta Hawks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 128-116 Sunday Night at State Farm Arena. On a night where several players had double figures, it was only right that a new hero emerged.
The Pelicans had a point lead after the end of the first half. Atlanta took the lead with a 12-0 run late in the third quarter. The Hawks would gain the lead in the fourth and held on for the win. The Hawks outscored the Pelicans 34-30 in the final period.
Trae Young and John Collins stole the show just 24 hours ago, but tonight, it was Kevin Huerter. Huerter notched 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. He scored 17 of his 27 points in the second quarter.
Young, probably exhausted after last night’s run at the Nets, struggled with his shooting but still managed to get a double-double scoring 10 points and dishing 10 assists.
John Collins also had a double-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Collins had back-to-back double-double nights and put the defense into overdrive blocking four shots.
Julius Randle and Frank Jackson led the Pelicans on the night. The two shared 23 point totals but weren’t able to pull off the win. The Pelicans have now lost three straight games, a streak the Hawks just ended tonight.
The Hawks finally get a chance to rest. Their next game is Wednesday, March 13, at State Farm Arena, this time against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Photo: Hakim Wright