Young hits winner in overtime
Rookie lifts Hawks past short-handed Bucks
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.