Young leads Hawks past LeBron, Lak­ers

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports - BY PAUL NEWBERRY


Rookie Trae Young had 22 points and 14 as­sists, John Collins also scored 22 points de­spite foul trou­ble, and the At­lanta Hawks de­feated LeBron James and the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers 117-113 on Tues­day night.

The Hawks snapped a three-game los­ing streak de­spite a triple-dou­ble from James, who had 28 points, 16 as­sists and 11 re­bounds.

Both teams strug­gled might­ily in the fi­nal quar­ter af­ter an up-and-down track meet over the first three pe­ri­ods.

The Hawks scored just seven points in the fi­nal 6:33 but man­aged to hold on. Tau­rean Prince de­liv­ered a key 3-pointer with 1:48 re­main­ing, and Young darted past James for a lay-in and a foul that thwarted any hope of a Lak­ers come­back.

At­lanta tied a fran­chise record for 3-point­ers in a quar­ter, go­ing 10 of 17 in the open­ing pe­riod for a 38-32 lead. The Lak­ers fought back to take a 69-65 edge at the half, but At­lanta pulled ahead for good to lead 100-95 go­ing to the fourth.

De­spite chants of “Kobe’s bet­ter” from the sell­out crowd of 16,824, James was cheered loudly by a hefty con­tin­gent of Lak­ers fans. He turned in a daz­zling ef­fort, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the sub­par group around him.


At­lanta Hawks guard Trae Young goes to the bas­ket past Los An­ge­les Lak­ers for­ward LeBron James dur­ing the first half on Tues­day in At­lanta.

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