It’s a rare evening when Trae Young isn’t the biggest offensive performer for the Atlanta Hawks. On Thursday night, he technically was in a tie for scoring. Still yet, the Hawks had to fight extremely hard to come out of San Antonio with a win over the Spurs, being forced into double overtime to finally do it. The 134-129 win takes the Hawks back to .500 at 24-24 and it saw the aforementioned Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Clint Capela score 28 points apiece. On top of that, Young added 12 assists while Capela had 17 massive rebounds to aid in their charge. Young’s performance was greatly improved in the final ten minutes, as he scored 15 of his 28 in those two OT periods.
That came after he had missed a chance to win it at the end of regulation. It’s clear that if the Hawks want to make noise in the playoffs that they will need more than just Young to carry them through it. This was the sort of night that can serve as a template. As for the Spurs, who were led by DeMar DeRozan’s 36, they fell to 24-22 with the defeat. That makes six losses in their last eight games now, and on top of that, they have failed to win consecutive outings in that run as well. Still yet, they cling to the eighth seed in the West currently. The Hawks, meanwhile, are in seventh as things sit in the East, but the space between fourth and ninth is extremely minimal.