ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Younger scored 30 factors and helped lead a third-quarter 3-point barrage because the surging Atlanta Hawks beat Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans 123-107 on Tuesday evening.
The Hawks sank every of their 11 3-point makes an attempt within the third, together with 4 from Bogdan Bogdanovic, who had 21 factors. Atlanta made 20 of 31 3s total.
Younger additionally had 12 assists. He made three 3s within the third because the Hawks surged to a 107-90 lead following a 61-all halftime tie.
Kevin Huerter had 17 factors for Atlanta, which has received 4 consecutive video games to enhance to 13-Four below interim coach Nate McMillan. The Hawks (27-24) started the evening tied with Miami for fourth place within the Jap Convention.
Williamson led the Pelicans with 34 factors. Lonzo Ball had 12 factors, 11 assists and eight rebounds.
After lacking three video games with a strained proper thumb, Williamson returned with a light-weight wrap and confirmed no signal of being slowed by the harm.
Isaiah Thomas, who signed a 10-day contract on Saturday, had eight factors in his debut with New Orleans following one apply with the staff. It was his first NBA recreation since Feb. 3, 2020, with Washington. He averaged 12.2 factors in 40 video games, together with 37 begins, with the Wizards earlier than having proper hip surgical procedure in Could.
Thomas sank two 3-pointers and added a brief jumper for all of his factors in a second-period flurry.
New Orleans coach Stan Van Gundy didn’t know what to anticipate from Thomas in his 2020-21 debut.
“I don’t have any concept,” Van Gundy stated earlier than the sport. “I do know he’ll compete. He’s a tricky, powerful man. He’s had one walkthrough with us and hasn’t performed within the NBA in a 12 months. I don’t understand how anyone might know what to anticipate tonight.”
Thomas, 32, was wanted to rescue the Pelicans’ decimated backcourt. Josh Hart had surgical procedure to restore a torn ligament in his proper thumb and his standing will likely be up to date in three weeks.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker was held out after leaving Sunday evening’s win over Houston with a left excessive ankle sprain, and Kira Lewis Jr. didn’t play attributable to a strained proper calf.
Pelicans: F Brandon Ingram (proper toe) missed his third consecutive recreation. … After being held to a season-low 34 rebounds of their 126-103 house loss to the Hawks on Friday evening whereas enjoying with out Williamson, New Orleans had 30 rebounds in simply the primary half and outrebounded Atlanta 48-42 for the sport.
Hawks: McMillan stated earlier than the sport “we hope to get wholesome right here quickly.” Simply not actual quickly. McMillan stated F De’Andre Hunter will miss “the following few video games” following a nonsurgical process Monday on his proper knee to handle lingering soreness. McMillan stated Hunter is on tempo to return earlier than F John Collins, who missed his fourth consecutive recreation with a left ankle sprain. … Clint Capela had 12 factors and 12 rebounds.
Pelicans: Go to Brooklyn on Wednesday evening.
Hawks: Host Memphis on Wednesday evening.