Young has 35 points, Hawks end Kings’ seven-game winning streak

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) guards the ball against Sacramento Kings guard Kevin Huerter (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Atlanta. (Erik Rank/AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 35 points, Clint Capela added 11 points and 14 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks snapped the Sacramento Kings’ seven-game winning streak with a 115-106 victory Wednesday night.

Young had 10 points in the third, including a straightaway 3-pointer that gave the Hawks a 97-86 lead, and his 27-foot 3 made it 110-97 with 3:58 left in the game and brought a huge roar from the crowd as the Kings never really threatened the rest of the way.

Young iced it with a 3 inside the final minute to make it 113-102.

Sacramento went on a 15-4 run, pulling within six in the third on Malik Monk’s 3. The Kings entered the fourth trailing by nine but never got any closer than seven the rest of the way as De’Andre Hunter scored five straight points to push the lead to 107-95 midway through the fourth.

Monk led the Kings with a season-high 27 points, and Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 13 rebounds. De’Aaron Fox, coming off two straight games with at least 32 points, finished with 18 points on 7-of-20 shooting for Sacramento, which ended its longest winning streak since Nov. 13-26, 2004.

Sacramento, playing on the second night of a back-to-back on the road, began the night third in the Western Conference. The Kings started the game leading the NBA in scoring (120.9) and field-goal percentage (.498), but the Kings shot 46.1%, including 30% on 3s.

The Hawks went on a 19-7 run midway through the first to go up 23-13 for the game’s first double-digit lead. A fastbreak dunk by Jalen Johnson made it 42-29 early in the second, and the Kings called timeout.

Atlanta’s biggest lead in the second was 19, and the Hawks were up 72-57 at halftime.


Kings: Trey Lyles tied a career high in a regular-season game with five offensive rebounds. … Sabonis surpassed 4,000 rebounds in his career. … Monk scored 15 points in the first half. … Fox passed Otis Birdsong for 19th on the Kings points list with 6,541 early in the third.

Hawks: Young had five-point play in the third after hitting a 3 and getting fouled by Fox, who picked up a technical foul. Young hit both free throws. … Dating to March 3, 2022, the Hawks have scored at least 100 points in 39 straight games, the third-longest scoring streak in franchise history and the longest such active streak in the NBA.


Huerter returned for the first time to State Farm Arena, where he averaged 12.1 points in 2021-22, the final year of a four-season run with the Hawks. He was traded to Sacramento in early July for Justin Holiday, Maurice Harkless and a future first-round draft pick.

“He’s bought in from day one,” Kings coach Mike Brown said before the game. “He’s fantastic on and off the floor. His work ethic shows.”

Huerter began the game averaging 16.7 points, third-best on the team, and he was shooting 50% on 3s to rank fifth-best in the NBA. Fans gave him a standing ovation following a video tribute in the first quarter.

“He’s one of my favorite guys,” added Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “He gives everything he has on both ends of he floor. I enjoyed working with him.”


Kings: At Boston on Friday night.

Hawks: At Houston on Friday night.

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