Young hits win­ner in over­time

Rookie lifts Hawks past short-handed Bucks

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Rookie Trae Young hit the gamewin­ning jumper at the buzzer in over­time to give the At­lanta Hawks a 136-135 win over the vis­it­ing Mil­wau­kee Bucks on Sun­day.

Mil­wau­kee’s Ster­ling Brown, who scored a sea­son-high 27, had put the Bucks ahead with 1.1 sec­onds re­main­ing with a driv­ing bas­ket. That negated the go-ahead bucket that Young had scored with 6.8 sec­onds re­main­ing on the pre­vi­ous pos­sess.

It was the first time At­lanta beat Mil­wau­kee in three tries this sea­son and broke a six-game los­ing streak to the Bucks.

At­lanta (28-49) got 24 points from Justin An­der­son and 23 points each from John Collins and Alex Len. An­der­son and Collins each had 12 re­bounds. Young had 12 points and 16 as­sists.

Mil­wau­kee (57-20) was play­ing with­out starters Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo and Khris Middleton and re­lied on its depth. Seven play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures for the Bucks, who saw their win­ning streak end at four games.

The Bucks also got 20 points and 15 as­sists from Tim Fra­zier, 19 points from Brook Lopez, 18 points from Ge­orge Hill and 17 points and 12 re­bounds from Pat Con­naughton.

The Bucks opted to give An­te­tok­oun­mpo the day off to rest his right an­kle, which has been in­jured for two weeks. He re-ag­gra­vated the an­kle in the fourth quar­ter of Thurs­day’s win over the Los Angeles Clip­pers. Middleton was a sur­prise scratch, hav­ing tweaked his left groin since scor­ing a sea­son-high 39 on Thurs­day.

At­lanta was down a pair of starters, too. Tau­rean Prince missed his third game with foot sore­ness and Dewayne Ded­mon was shut down for the sea­son to have a left an­kle pro­ce­dure. Ded­mon, who has started 52 games, has been in an out of the lineup re­cently and av­er­ages 10.8 points and 7.5 re­bounds.

Around the rims

• Dwight Pow­ell’s dunk with 21 sec­onds left gave Dallas the lead for good and the Mav­er­icks sur­vived in a wild 106-103 win over the host Ok­la­homa City Thun­der. Pow­ell took a dish from Jalen Brun­son, who hit a go-ahead bas­ket on the Mav­er­icks’ pre­vi­ous pos­ses­sion, and slammed the ball home for the fifth lead change in a fran­tic fi­nal two min­utes. Den­nis Schroder and Paul Ge­orge each missed would-be goa­head 3-point­ers on the Thun­der’s next trip down the floor. Ryan Broekhoff was fouled af­ter rebounding Ge­orge’s miss and drained both free throws with 4.2 sec­onds left be­fore Rus­sell West­brook missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Trey Burke scored 25 points for the Mav­er­icks (3046), who snapped a two-game los­ing streak and won for just the fifth time in their last 23 games. Brun­son scored 18 points while Devin Har­ris had 15 points and Dwight Pow­ell added 11 points.

• JaVale McGee had 23 points and 16 re­bounds as the vis­it­ing Los Angeles Lak­ers routed the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans 130-102 in a matchup of short­handed teams. For­mer Pel­i­can Ra­jon Rondo added 24 points and 12 as­sists, Alex Caruso came off the bench to score points, while Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope added 19 points and Reg­gie Bul­lock 18 as the Lak­ers outscored the Pel­i­cans 69-40 in the se­cond half. Los Angeles was play­ing its first game since an­nounc­ing Satur­day that LeBron James would not play again this sea­son be­cause of a groin in­jury.

• Buddy Hield scored 26 points to lead seven Sacramento play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures as the vis­it­ing Kings clipped the San An­to­nio Spurs 113-106, com­plet­ing a three­game sweep of the sea­son se­ries. The Kings trailed 106-105 af­ter the San An­to­nio’s DeMar DeRozan hit a jumper with 2:53 to play. Sacramento re­sponded with the fi­nal eight points of the game, capped by two free throws by Hield with 16.7 sec­onds left, to snap a two-game los­ing streak. The Spurs are al­ready guar­an­teed a spot in the post­sea­son for the 22nd straight sea­son, ty­ing the NBA record. San An­to­nio has five reg­u­lar sea­son games re­main­ing — three on the road — and is in sev­enth place in the Western Con­fer­ence stand­ings.

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