NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bogdan Bodanovic scored 26 factors, Kevin Huerter added 24 and 5 different Atlanta gamers scored in double figures because the short-handed Hawks beat the injury-slowed New Orleans Pelicans 126-103 on Friday night time.
The Hawks led 55-54 at halftime and scored 37 factors within the third quarter – their highest whole in that interval this season – to take a 94-79 lead getting into the fourth quarter.
“It was only a skilled method,” Atlanta coach Nate McMillan mentioned, referring to going .500 on the street journey. “I believed we got here out with a enterprise mindset to dig down deep on this final recreation of a protracted street journey to attempt to win this recreation.
“We wished to just about method this recreation as if it was the fourth quarter, the final recreation of a street journey. We wanted to dig deep to be sturdy and, you realize, play this recreation. It was a collective effort by all people.”
The Pelicans performed with out 4 starters, together with Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, and struggled offensively. They went 4:30 with no discipline objective to begin the third quarter, and the Hawks took full benefit, outscoring New Orleans 28-10 to increase their result in 83-64.
Clint Capela, who completed with 14 factors, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks, scored eight factors within the quarter, and the Hawks shot 63% within the interval, going 15 of 24.
“We simply take it as a problem,” Capela mentioned of the 2 weeks on the street. “I do know it’s a marathon. It’s a protracted journey. My head is simply attempting to maintain up with it, do what I do, attempt to block out, rebound, operating and simply keep targeted on all of the issues that I do finest.”
Huerter was held scoreless in an time beyond regulation victory over San Antonio on Thursday night time however made 10 of 15 from the ground in opposition to New Orleans.
“It’s clearly a very good feeling,” Huerter mentioned. “We didn’t wish to exit on a bitter word and this street journey, and hopefully we obtained some momentum going.”
In his second recreation since being acquired by the Hawks, Lou Williams scored 19 factors.
Rookie Kira Lewis Jr. scored a career-high 21 factors to guide New Orleans.
After trailing the Pelicans 34-28 within the first quarter, the Hawks went on a 12-Four run within the second interval to take a 43-40 lead, with Clint Capela scoring 4 factors.
The Hawks obtained 12 factors from Huerter and 10 factors from Bogdanoic within the first half on their strategy to a 55-54 lead on the break.
Atlanta outscored the Pelicans 27-20 within the second quarter, holding New Orleans to 33% taking pictures within the interval, together with 1 of eight from lengthy vary.
Eric Bledsoe led the Pelicans with 10 factors within the half, however he missed all 4 of his 3-point makes an attempt. New Orleans was Three of 15 from lengthy distance.
Hawks: Atlanta’s injured consisted of John Collins (ankle), Danilo Gallinari (Achilles), De’Andre Hunter (knee), Cam Reddish (Achilles), Trae Younger (knee) and Kris Dunn (ankle). … Coach Nate McMillan mentioned he helps the choice by Main League Baseball to maneuver its All-Star Sport out of Atlanta attributable to a brand new voting rights legislation signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. “I actually suppose it’s nice that they’re bringing consideration to what’s occurring in Georgia,” McMillan mentioned. “I actually don’t get it — looking for methods to maintain individuals from having their proper to vote.”
Pelicans: New Orleans injured included Zion Williamson (thumb), Brandon Ingram (toe), Lonzo Ball (hip), Steven Adams (ankle) and Josh Hart (surgical procedure Friday on a torn UCL ligament in proper thumb). … Hart, a scrappy defender and rebounder off the bench, may miss the rest of the season. … “Accidents are at all times irritating, however they’re at all times a part of the sport,” coach Stan Van Gundy mentioned. “I’ve been at this a very long time and this stuff occur. You’ve obtained to be able to play.” … Naji Marshall made his first NBA begin. … Free agent PG Isaiah Thomas, who performed for the Wizards final 12 months, is anticipated to signal a 10-day contract.
Hawks: Host Golden State on Sunday.
Pelicans: At Houston on Sunday.