Hawks associate head coach Nate McMillan explained his group as being “emotionally drunk” sometimes in close games this season.

They followed the lead of their finest gamer to earn a much-needed victory.


Trae Young had 40 points and 8 helps, and Atlanta snapped a four-game losing streak with a 122-114 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Clint Capela completed with 24 points and 13 rebounds to assist the Hawks earn their very first triumph over Boston given that April 8, 2018, ending a seven-game losing streak. John Collins added 20 points and 6 rebounds.

” I simply think I type of discovered a rhythm throughout the entire game and just playing aggressive,” Young said. “When you have that aggressive mindset, open shots– you just sort of discover them by yourself.”

The Hawks, who shot a season-high 57% from the field, took a 90-81 lead into the 4th quarter. Boston rallied to cut it to 94-91, however Atlanta reacted with an 8-2 run get it back up to 102-93 with 6: 33 left.

The Celtics attempted to use a deliberate foul strategy on Capela. He was able to connect on 3 of his next seven complimentary throw attempts, followed by Young’s 3-pointer to make it 108-95

Boston made one final push, getting within 118-113 with 13 seconds left after Jayson Tatum was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws. However Collins linked on 4 free throws the remainder of the way to close it out.

Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce missed the video game to be with his spouse, who was waiting for the birth of their 2nd kid in Atlanta. McMillan acted as head coach in Pierce’s lack and revealed after the video game that the infant was born, though he said he hadn’t been informed of the gender.

McMillan said he thinks Pierce would be pleased with how Young, who scored 16 points in the last 12 minutes, kept the group together as the Celtics tried to rally late.

“( Young) needs to reveal that growth of handling a video game whether we’re up or down in the fourth quarter,” McMillan stated. “I thought he did a good task of when we didn’t have anything, getting us arranged down the stretch.”

Tatum had 35 points for Celtics, who have actually lost five out of 7. Jaylen Brown added 22 points.

” It is difficult going up and down,” Brown stated. “But I still believe there’s a lot to find out, and we have actually found out a lot.”

With Kemba Walker not playing in back-to-back games today following a preseason treatment on his left knee, Javonte Green took his place in the beginning lineup.

However it was Tatum who handled the primary function of protecting Young at the beginning.

While it gave Young with a bigger defender to contend with, it didn’t stop him from assisting in action when Atlanta had the ball. The outcomes were the exact same when others, consisting of Green and Payton Pritchard changed onto him.

Young ended the first half with 15 points and four assists, pacing an offense that shot 60% (24 of 40) from the field and scored 40 points in the paint to take a 62-56 lead into halftime.

Boston wasn’t crisp at all offensively, turning it over 10 times.



Hawks: Played without Bogdan Bogdanovic (ideal knee), Rajon Rondo (back). D’Andre Hunter (best knee surgery rehab) and Kris Dunn (right ankle surgery rehabilitation).

Celtics: Finished with 15 turnovers. … Walker (load management), Marcus Smart (left calf tear), Daniel Theis (sprained ideal index finger) and Romeo Langford (best wrist surgery rehab) all sat.


Young ended up being the fifth gamer 22 years or more youthful in NBA history to record at least 15 profession 40- point video games, signing up with Rick Barry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Shaquille O’Neal.


The teams will matchup again on Friday night.


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