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Trae Young (double-double) leads Hawks past Clippers

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Mar 11, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (3) attempts a three point basket against LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (3) attempts a three point basket against LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Trae Young had 27 points and 11 assists as the Atlanta Hawks withstood a late charge from the visiting Los Angeles Clippers to post a 112-106 victory Friday night.

Kevin Huerter scored 16 points, Clint Capela had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari had 13 points for Atlanta, which snapped a two-game skid. De’Andre Hunter scored 12 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic 11.

Ivica Zubac paced the Clippers with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Reggie Jackson scored 24, Luke Kennard added 14, while Marcus Morris Sr. and Nicolas Batum had 13 apiece.

Atlanta carried a 90-85 advantage into the fourth quarter and stretched its lead to 106-96 on Huerter’s 3-pointer with 3:49 remaining.

Zubac’s right-handed hook shot capped a 10-2 run and pulled the Clippers to 108-106 with 56.8 seconds left. Hunter scored with 36.2 seconds left to put Atlanta ahead 110-106, and Young hit two foul shots with 15.1 seconds left to seal the victory.

Atlanta held a 33-24 advantage at the end of the first quarter after outscoring Los Angeles 20-6 in the paint. Morris had nine points in the period to lead all scorers.

The Clippers outscored Atlanta 35-27 in the second quarter but trailed 60-59 at the break after the Hawks closed the period on an 8-0 run.

Young had 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the first half for Atlanta, which went scoreless for nearly four minutes late in the second quarter.

Morris Sr., who scored 11 points in the first half, was ejected after receiving a double technical late in the third quarter.

Young finished with five rebounds for the Hawks, who earned a split of their season series against the Clippers after losing 106-93 on Jan. 9.

Zubac on Friday was 10 of 13 from the field and had four assists for Los Angeles, which shot 48.8 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.

–Field Level Media