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Young helps Hawks snap 10-game skid in win over Golden State

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The Atlanta Hawks found themselves laughing for the first time in a long time.

Trae Young scored 24 points, rookie De’Andre Hunter added 18 and Damian Jones pitched in a career-high 16 points with eight rebounds as the Hawks beat the Golden State Warriors 104-79 on Monday night.

The Hawks were just happy to win again after snapping a 10-game losing streak in a matchup of the two teams with the NBA’s worst records.

It was a season low in points scored for the Warriors (4-18) and the fewest the Hawks (5-16) have allowed in a game.






Golden State dressed just nine players, even with center Kevon Looney returning to action after missing 19 games with a nerve condition.

The opponent didn’t matter to Atlanta. The only thing the Hawks cared about was winning.

“It feels good, obviously; we haven’t won in a long time, which isn’t a good feeling,” Young said. “We’re all happy, but we have a long way to go … We have to continue to get better.”

Rookie Eric Paschall led Golden State with 24 points, but his teammates combined to shoot 24 of 72 and the Warriors committed 25 turnovers which the Hawks converted into 25 points. The visitors were missing Draymond Green, DeAngelo Russell and Stephen Curry, among others.

“It’s frustrating to keep losing. We’re all competitors,” Paschall said after his 11th double-digit scoring game of the season. “It definitely feels like a step back, getting blown out.”

The Warriors led 23-20 after a quarter before Hunter scored six consecutive points for the Hawks early in the second period to give Atlanta the lead for good with a pair of jumpers and a couple free throws.

The Hawks stretched a nine-point halftime lead to 76-53 in the third quarter when Vince Carter drained a long 3-pointer with 1:09 left in the period.






Atlanta ranks near the bottom of every defensive category, yet they limited the Warriors to 39.8% shooting, and Golden State made just 3 of 17 3-point shots. Paschall made both his tries from long distance.

“We had good spirit, we were switching on and off the ball, making it difficult for them,” Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce said. “We knew they were on a back-to-back and they’re down a lot of bodies … It was more the spirit of our guys than anything technical we did.”

Hunter scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half. He left the game midway through the fourth quarter with what was said to be a dislocated right index finger with no fracture.

Pierce didn’t believe the injury to be serious.

The Hawks enjoyed their latest win in the locker room.

“The guys are in there, they’re fun, they’re happy. It’s a different spirit than our last time out, “ Pierce said. “The guys were in there cracking jokes on Cam (Reddish) for missing a dunk, laughing at De’Andre (Hunter) because he was in pain when he jammed his finger. … It’s good to see our guys feel and act normal after a game.”

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