Trae Young bounced back from a slow start to score 24 points and De’Andre Hunter led a third quarter that led to the Atlanta Hawks’ 132-103 loss to the Charlotte Hornets in an Eastern Conference game. Wednesday evening.
The Hawks, who finished ninth in the East after a wonderful run to the conference finals a year ago, travel to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Friday night.
The winner claims seed No. 8 in the East and faces the top-seeded Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.
The season is over for the Hornets, who have been outscored in the game 9-10 for the second year in a row and have not made the playoffs since 2016.
All five Atlanta starters scored in double figures, as did Bogdan Bogdanovic from the bench. It was Hunter who came up big in the third decisive period, scoring 16 points after being held to three in the first half.
The Hornets have closed out the regular season strong and feel they have a good chance of winning a couple of road games. But those hopes were dashed against rival I-85.
LaMelo Ball led with 26 points, but made just 7 of 25 hits.
The Hawks led by 13 in the first half before settling for a 60-52 lead at the break. Charlotte had a bit of momentum in the final minutes of the half, but it certainly didn’t lead to the third.
The Hawks outscored the Hornets 42-24 during that 12-minute barrage, grabbed 16 of 24 shots, and led 102-76 in the final period.
With the Hornets doubling at every opportunity, Young made just 1 of 9 hits in the opening quarter and 3 of 13 in the first half.
But his teammates found a lot of open-minded looks and made the Hornets pay dearly.
Charlotte should have known what kind of night she would be on the way to State Farm Arena.
The Hornets charter bus was blocked by a freight train that stopped at a crossing near the downtown sports complex. The bus had to turn around and take a different route to the arena, delaying Charlotte’s arrival due to pre-game warmups.
It doesn’t get any better once the game is over.
The Hornets ’frustration paid off with about six and a half minutes to go when Miles Bridges he complained so vehemently of a goaltending call that he took two quick techniques and was ejected.
San Antonio Spurs 103-113 New Orleans Pelicans
CJ McCollum scored 27 of his 32 points in the first half, Brandon Ingram struggled to add 27 points and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-103 Wednesday night in a Conference game. Western.
The Pelicans, who finished ninth in the West after starting the season 3-16, played for the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night, with the winner getting the eighth straight header and a spot against the Phoenix Suns. first time in the first time. New Orleans beat Los Angeles in three of four meetings this season.
The Pelicans looked to be in a loss, leading 96-75, with 10:39 left, but the 10-seeded Spurs used a 16-1 run over the next 5:25 to cut it to 97-91. The Pelicans missed seven consecutive shots during the run.
Ingram a pair of soft jumpers in the lane and Jonas Valanciunas added a short jumper out of New Orleans back to the top, 103-91. Valaciunas had 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Devin Vassell led San Antonio with 23 points. Dejounte Murray had 16 points on 5 of 19 shots.
After Ingram went to the bench with three fouls 5:17 before half-time, McCollum led the Pelicans offensively. In a 14-4 run over the final 3:36 of the half, McCollum made two 3-pointers and punched the San Antonio defense for two finger-roll layups on strong drive on the road while New Orleans built a 61-50 lead.
McCollum made 10 of his first 12 shots, including 2 of 3 from long range, despite his consistent double team.