NEW ORLEANS (NWN) – Tray Young scored 31 points and the Atlanta Hawks capitalized on 21 offensive rebounds to hold the New Orleans Pelicans 102–99 on Wednesday night.
The teams were 98 when Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram, who had 20 points, tried to throw a three-pointer forward but missed completely.
Atlanta took the lead shortly thereafter as John Collins drove straight down the lane unhindered to win back 3 of Young’s missed dunk from the rear with 55 seconds left.
New Orleans still had a few chances to regain the lead in the last 10 seconds after Young missed another shot from deep. But Clint Capela prevented Devonte Graham from realizing a transient halt, and after New Orleans bounced back and called a time out, Ingram again missed the ring with a pull-up jumper. Pelicans rookie Trey Murphy had two hands on the rebound from Ingram’s miss, but the ball bounced off his foot and out of bounds in 1.5 seconds, and Young fired two free throws for the final break.
Collins had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who started the season with three wins in their first four games. De’Andre Hunter scored 13 points, Bogdan Bogdanovich added 12, and Capela made 12 rebounds and four blocks.
Graham scored five triples to lead New Orleans with 21 points. Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 15 rebounds to New Orleans, who have lost four of their first five games without star striker Zion Williamson, who is recovering from offseason foot surgery.
The Pelicans were in the lead with 16 points in the first quarter when Kira Lewis was idle 33-17.
That advantage was almost entirely lost less than the middle of the second quarter, when Hunter 3 made the score 43–41.
Valanciunas’ free throws, followed by 3 Graham shots in the last second of the period, put the Pelicans ahead 59-53 at halftime. But New Orleans turned the ball five times and conceded 10 of 18 shots in the third quarter, putting Atlanta in the lead.
The Hawks finished the third quarter with a 12-2 score that started with Young’s 3 and ended by pulling Delon Wright from deep to a 84-77 lead to fourth.
Hawkes: Scored 52 points and 19 second chance points. … Surpassed New Orleans 55-44.
Pelicans: Defender Garrett Temple injured his ankle in the first half and did not return after scoring six points in nine minutes on the bench. … Starting guard Nikil Alexander-Walker conceded 11 of 14 shots and all seven shots from depth.
Hawks: Visit Washington on Thursday night for the second stop of a three-game road trip.
Pelicans: Sacramento will host Sacramento Friday night for the second of three in a row.
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