The Atlanta Hawks hosted the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night, looking to defend their home after a five-game road trip. The Hawks pulled off a thrilling win in this one, holding off the Pelicans for a 124-121 overtime win. Atlanta was led by Trae Young and Dejounte Murray, who had 56 points and 21 assists.
Atlanta got off to a good start offensively, scoring 18 points in the first five minutes and change.
Trae Young, who was wearing goggles after being hit in the eye earlier in the week, appeared to have no trouble seeing through doors.
The Hawks led just 29-28 after the first quarter as CJ McCollum had 11 points for the Pelicans in the first period. Young had ten points and four assists in the first.
Atlanta started the second quarter on a 10-2 run largely fueled by Jalen Johnson, who was playing at both ends of the field.
The Hawks led 60-52 at halftime, with Young leading with 17 points and six assists. Dejounte Murray had nine points and eight assists in the first half, while Clint Capela added a first-half double-double with 13 points and ten boards before the break.
Atlanta’s defense slipped a bit in the third, allowing the Pelicans 33 points in the quarter. The Hawks led by just three points heading into the fourth quarter after leading in double digits at various times during the third quarter.
New Orleans began to threaten in the second half, making several runs against the Hawks before finally breaking the stretch in the fourth quarter. Atlanta went on a 10-0 run to take a 103-90 lead with 4:52 to go.
The Pelicans took a time out there and came out of the break burning hot. A 17-2 run powered by Zion Williamson that lasted less than four minutes left New Orleans in the lead in the final minutes. Murray hit a huge shot for the Hawks with 4.8 seconds left to tie the score at 109. Brandon Ingram was unable to hit the game-winner on another Pelicans timeout, sending the game to a standstill. extension.
Murray was all over the place early in the OT as well, picking up four runs and a steal almost immediately. The Hawks went into overtime on an 8-2 run, leading 117-111 with 2:11 to go.
The Hawks were able to maintain their lead from there, with a John Collins three-pointer that put Atlanta 122-116 with 19.2 effectively remaining the dagger although there were stressful moments in the final seconds.
Young led the way for the Hawks with 34 points and ten assists, while Murray had a triple-double of 22 points, 11 assists and ten rebounds. Capela finished with 21 points and 19 rebounds to go along with four blocked shots and two steals. McCollum and Williamson both finished with 29 points apiece in the loss.
Atlanta will be back in action from home Monday night when they host the Milwaukee Bucks. Tipping is set at 8:15 p.m. ET.