NBA: Trae Young, Hawks snap Kings’ 7-game winning streak

FILE – Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts in the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at State Farm Arena on November 10, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Todd Kirkland/Getty Images/AFP

Trae Young scored 35 points and the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Sacramento Visitor 115-106 on Wednesday to end the Kings’ seven-game winning streak.

Young was 11-to-19 from the floor, 4-to-7 with 3-pointers and 9-to-9 at the free-throw line, along with seven assists. It was his sixth game with over 30 points this season. One of his 3-pointers restored Atlanta’s lead to 11 points with 57 seconds left and put the game away.

Young made a rare five-point play in the third quarter. He was fouled on a 3-point basket, made the free throw and sunk another free throw for the technical foul on De’Aaron Fox. The five-point possession turned a 12-point game into an 81-64 Hawks lead.

Atlanta had two players with double-doubles. De’Andre Hunter returned after missing Monday’s game with the flu and had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Clint Capela had 11 points and 14 rebounds. Dejounte Murray scored 15 despite shooting 5-for-16.

The Kings, who hadn’t lost at the Golden State since Nov. 7, picked up a season-high 27 points off the bench from Malik Monk, who was 12-for-18 from the floor. De’Aaron Fox had 18 and Domantas Sabonis had 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. Former Hawk Kevin Huerter scored 13 points on his return to Atlanta.

The Hawks have 100-plus points in each of their first 18 games, tying the 1973-74 team for the second-longest streak to start a season. They have netted over 100 goals in 39 straight regular-season games, the longest active streak in the NBA.

Atlanta scored 56.6 percent (30-53) and set a season-high for points in the first half while leading 72-57. The Hawks scored 34 points in the paint and led by as many as 19 points with Young scoring 17. Monk helped keep the Kings in the game with 15 points in the first half.

It was the third consecutive time Atlanta defeated Sacramento. The teams will end the two-game season series on Jan. 4 in Sacramento.

The Kings conclude their three-game road trip in Boston on Friday. The Hawks play again in Houston on Friday.

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