Thu, 27 Feb 2020

Thunder pull away to rout Hawks

Field Level Media
25 Jan 2020, 13:55 GMT+10

Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a season high in points in a 140-114 home win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

The Thunder never trailed, but they didn't start to pull away until until they made a late push in the third quarter.

The Hawks pulled within one just before the midpoint of the third quarter on Trae Young's floater.

Young had seven points and four assists in the first half of the third quarter to lift Atlanta back into the game.

But Oklahoma City closed the quarter with a 27-14 run to take control.

Mike Muscala, pressed into more extensive action with the absence of Steven Adams, scored eight points during that stretch, hitting a pair of 3-pointers to help the Thunder pull away.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 24 in the win. Dennis Schroder finished with 21 points and Muscala added 14 to help Oklahoma City's bench score 58 points.

The Thunder have won four straight games, while the Hawks have lost three of four and seven of 10.

Oklahoma City shot 56 percent from behind the 3-point line, nearly 10 percent better than in any other game this season.

Atlanta's loss spoiled Young's return to the arena where he grew up watching current Thunder point guard Chris Paul when Paul began his career with the New Orleans Hornets during their two-season stay in Oklahoma City in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Young, a night after he was announced an All-Star starter in the Eastern Conference, finished with 26 points and a season-high 16 assists. Young was just 7 of 20 from the field two days after missing Atlanta's win over the Los Angeles Clippers due to a thigh bruise.

While Young struggled with efficiency, teammate John Collins went 13 of 16 from the field to lead Atlanta with 28 points.

The Thunder were without a pair of starters. Adams missed his second consecutive game with a left ankle sprain, while guard Terrance Ferguson missed his fourth consecutive game for personal reasons.

--Field Level Media

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