Hawks lose third straight game, drop to 5-25 on the road

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I NDIANAPOLI­S — Thad­deus Young scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half and the In­di­ana Pac­ers never trailed in a 116-93 rout of the hap­less At­lanta Hawks on Fri­day night.

The 11th-year pro had 10 points by the end of t he open­ing quar­ter and the Pac­ers led by 17 by half­time. They were ahead 83-66 en­ter­ing the fi­nal quar­ter.

The Pac­ers (34-25) won their fourth in a row and im­proved to 15- 6 since Jan. 6, the league’s best win­ning per­cent­age (.714) in that span.

The Hawks (18-42), who have the NBA’s worst record, are 5-25 on the road and have dropped three in a row over­all.

Young shot 7 of 13 and made a pair of 3- point­ers in the first half. It’s just the sixth time he’s scored 20 points this sea­son, the pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion a home win against Or­lando on Jan. 27.

Backup for­ward Do­man­tas Sabo­nis led the Pac­ers with 21 points and 13 re­bounds for his 13th dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son.

Six Pac­ers scored in dou­ble dig­its.

Hawks re­serve guard Isa­iah Tay­lor scored 17 points in just his se­cond NBA game.

Tip-ins

Hawks: Failed to score at least 100 points af­ter seven con­sec­u­tive games over the cen­tury mark, the best such stretch since a streak of nine games in 2016. ... F/C John Collins has 143 of­fen­sive re­bounds, which leads all NBA rook­ies. The next clos­est player is Philadel­phia’s Ben Sim­mons at 100.

G Den­nis Schroder, the team’s lead­ing scorer at 19.5 points per game, is one of just three play­ers in the league to amass at least 90 steals and 40 blocks. The Pac­ers’ Vic­tor Oladipo and Sim­mons are the other two.

Pac­ers: Im­proved to 21- 11 at Bankers Life Field­house and as­sured them­selves of a win­ning record at home for the 29th con­sec­u­tive sea­son, the long­est such streak in the NBA. ... New In­di­anapo­lis Colts head coach Frank Re­ich, hired 12 days ago, was in at­ten­dance and re­ceived rous­ing ap­plause when he was shown on the arena’s video screens. ...

Oladipo ex­tended his fran­chise- record steal streak to 42 games with an open­ing-quar­ter theft. Ron Artest (2002-03) held the pre­vi­ous mark at 40. Oladipo av­er­ages 2.1 steals, which ranks third in the league. ... PG Dar­ren Col­li­son missed his fifth con­sec­u­tive game as he re­cov­ers from arthro­scopic surgery on his left knee.

Wel­come back

Pac­ers re­serve G/ F Glenn Robin­son III was un­der­stand­ably amped up for his sea­son de­but af­ter un­der­go­ing ex­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion from left an­kle surgery. The fourthyear pro was so ex­cited, he shot an air­ball on an ini­tial 19-foot jumper.

About 90 sec­onds later, Robin­son faked a de­fender out of po­si­tion and swished a 21foot pull-up shot. As he jogged down the court, Sabo­nis ac­knowl­edged the mo­ment by tap­ping an ap­pre­cia­tive Robin­son on the back of the head. Robin­son had four points and two re­bounds in 19 min­utes.

Youth group

The Hawks have nine play­ers on their 15-man ros­ter with one year or less of NBA ex­pe­ri­ence, an av­er­age of 2.3 years of ser­vice as the league’s youngest team, ac­cord­ing to Elias.

Michael Con­roy / AP

In­di­ana’s Vic­tor Oladipo (right) shoots over At­lanta’s Tyler Dorsey dur­ing the first half of Fri­day’s game in In­di­anapo­lis.

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