Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks are grinding out victories early this season with out the offensive rhythm they’re assured continues to be to return.

The protection and rebounding offered by Clint Capela and John Collins are an enormous purpose why.

Young scored 31 factors and the Hawks capitalized on 21 offensive rebounds to carry off the New Orleans Pelicans 102-99 on Wednesday night time.

“Our offense wasn’t clicking early on and we needed to find a way to get stops,” Young stated. “The big guys down low really fought tonight.”

The groups had been tied at 98 when the Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram, who had 20 factors, tried a transition 3-pointer for the lead however missed the rim fully.

Atlanta went in entrance for good shortly after, when Collins got here straight down the lane unimpeded to place again Young’s missed 3 off the again rim with a dunk with 55 seconds left.

“He’s playing great, playing hard, playing physical,” Young stated of Collins. “What he did for us tonight down the stretch was a big reason why we won.”

New Orleans nonetheless had a number of possibilities to retake the lead within the remaining 10 seconds after Young missed one other shot from deep. But Capela stopped Devonte’ Graham from changing a transition layup, and after New Orleans rebounded and known as timeout, Ingram once more missed the rim with a pull-up jumper.

“At that time, I just have to get a better shot, a better look and get it on the rim,” Ingram stated.

Pelicans rookie Trey Murphy had two palms on the rebound of Ingram’s miss, however the ball bounced off his leg and out of bounds with 1.5 seconds to go. Young hit two free throws for the ultimate margin.

Collins had 16 factors and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who’ve begun the season with three victories of their first 4 video games. De’Andre Hunter scored 13 factors, Bogdan Bogdanovic added 12 and Capela had 12 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Graham hit 5 3s and led New Orleans with 21 factors. Jonas Valanciunas added 16 factors and 15 rebounds for New Orleans, which has misplaced 4 of its first 5 video games with out star ahead Zion Williamson, who’s recovering from offseason foot surgical procedure.

“Obviously, we got outrebounded, giving up second-chance points … all correctable stuff,” Graham stated. “But we put ourselves in a position to win again, and it’s growing pains. You’ve got to learn, you’ve got to be in those positions to know what you’ve got to do and we’ll learn from it.”

TURNING THE TIDE

The Pelicans led by as many as 16 factors within the first quarter when Kira Lewis’ layup made it 33-17.

“We came out flat and they came out aggressive, ready to go,” Young stated. “We’ve got to do a lot better starting the games.”

That lead was virtually fully gone lower than midway by way of the second quarter when Hunter’s 3 made it 43-41.

Valanciunas’ free throws, adopted by Graham’s 3 within the remaining second of the interval, gave the Pelicans a 59-53 lead at halftime. But New Orleans turned the ball over 5 occasions and missed 10 of 18 photographs within the third quarter, permitting Atlanta to surge into the lead.

The Hawks closed the third quarter on a 12-2 run that began with Young’s 3 and ended with Delon Wright’s pull-up from deep to take an 84-77 lead heading to the fourth.

“It wasn’t pretty tonight, but I thought we still had a lot of pounding of the ball,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan stated. “We didn’t have that ball movement or the flow we want to play with, but they found a way to win a game on the road.”

TIP-INS

Hawks: Scored 52 factors within the paint and 19 second-chance factors. … Outrebounded New Orleans 55-44.

Pelicans: Guard Garrett Temple injured his ankle within the first half and didn’t return after scoring six factors in 9 minutes off the bench. … Starting guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker missed 11 of 14 photographs and missed all seven of his makes an attempt from deep.

UP NEXT

Hawks: Visit Washington on Thursday night time within the second cease of a three-game street journey.

Pelicans: Host Sacramento on Friday night time within the second of three straight at house.