Trae Young's scoring surge sends Hawks past Timberwolves

It’s far too early to talk about a return to the Eastern Conference finals for the Hawks, who are still only 12th in the conference and on the outside of the playoff standings.

杨得分 23 他的 37 points in the third quarter, sparking Atlanta’s comeback, and the Hawks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 134-122 在星期三晚上.

I think we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and take it one game at a time and not look too far ahead,” 杨说, adding the Hawksfocus should be totry to climb back into this thing.

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亚特兰大老鹰队后卫特雷杨 (11) reacts after making a 3-pointer during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, 一月. 19, 2022, 在亚特兰大.

亚特兰大老鹰队后卫特雷杨 (11) reacts after making a 3-pointer during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, 一月. 19, 2022, 在亚特兰大. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)

Led by Young, who had 14 助攻, the Hawks opened the second half with a 20-2 run after the Timberwolves led 73-61 酋长得分.

That’s the way you hope your team responds to a challenge,” said Hawks coach Nate McMillan.

Minnesota’s biggest lead was 16 第一节积分.

De’Andre Hunter had 22 points for Atlanta. D’Angelo Russell led Minnesota with 31 点数.

Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards drew two technical fouls and was ejected with 5:57 remaining in the third quarter. Edwards thought he had been fouled on a drive to the basket and continued to argue his case following his first technical.

The loss of Edwards, who had 20 点数, left Minnesota without two starters. Guard Patrick Beverley left the game with a right ankle sprain in the first period. Following the game, coach Chris Finch said he had no update on the severity of the injury.

爱德华兹’ ejection was costly and reflected the Timberwolvesfrustration in blowing the halftime advantage. Finch said Edwards apologized to his teammates.

I was pretty frustrated,” Finch said of the technical foul. “… And I was also frustrated with the way we were playing overall. I kept saying we’ve got enough game left to get back into it but we never could get enough stops.

Atlanta outscored Minnesota 45-20 in the third, setting a season high for points in any quarter.

Young opened the second half by making two 3-pointers. 的 20-2 run was capped by another 3 from Young, leaving Atlanta with an 81-75 铅. Young was scoreless in the opening period and had only seven points in the first half before his scoring surge.

The Timberwolves (22-23) fell below .500.

After snapping a string of 10 consecutive home losses with a 121-113 win over defending NBA champion Milwaukee on Monday night, the Hawks (19-25) have won back-to-back games for the first time since a seven-game winning streak from Nov. 14-26.

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森林狼: 卡尔-安东尼·唐斯 17 点数, 10 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out with 1:01 剩余的. … 爱德华兹’ first career ejection came in the homecoming for the Atlanta native and former University of Georgia standout. … Assistant coach Pablo Prigioni returned after missing six games due to health and safety protocols.

鹰队: C Clint Capela (left ankle sprain) participated in conditioning drills, including running, on Wednesday before missing his sixth consecutive game. Capela hasn’t participated in live team drills. Onyeka Okongwu had 17 点数, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. … G Bogdan Bogdanovic (right knee soreness) missed his third straight game.

TECH FOR KAT

There were more frustrations for the Timberwolves to close the third quarter when an apparent basket by Towns was nullified. Towns was called for a flagrant foul and a technical foul after extending his leg and hitting Okongwu on the shot.

I’ve never seen it in NBA basketball,” Towns said when asked about the calls, which required a lengthy review by the officials.

Towns declined to say more about the play.

Telling the truth in this league gets you fined, so no comment,” 他说.

Finch said he was “不 100% 清除” on the calls.

I guess they went to the review to see if the shot was good and then were able to determine that it was a flagrant somehow,” Finch said. “I didn’t even know that was possible. And then the technical to boot.

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森林狼: Return home to play Brooklyn on Sunday night. The Nets took a 110-105 home win over Minnesota on Dec. 3.

鹰队: Continue four-game homestand on Friday night when they play Miami for the third time in 10 天. The Heat took a 124-118 home win over Atlanta on Friday night and a 115-91 win at Atlanta on Jan. 12.

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