NBA: Hawks close the net, Kevin Durant’s 55 points

Trey Young of the Atlanta Hawks comes to court # 11 in the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at the State Farm Arena on April 2, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Trey Young of the Atlanta Hawks comes to court # 11 in the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at the State Farm Arena on April 2, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Todd Kirkland / Getty Images / AFP

Trey Young scored 36 points – nine in the final minute – to help the Atlanta Hawks offset a career-high 55-point night from Kevin Durant and beat the visiting Brooklyn Nets 122-115 on Saturday.

Brooklyn 1:25 After Durant Dunk cut the Atlanta lead 111-108 with the rest, Young scored on a floater and 3-pointer to bring the lead back to eight points with 23.5 seconds left. The Hawks were in the -6 line for 6 in the last minute, four by Young, keeping the game away.

Atlanta (41-37) won its fifth game in a row and moved up to No. 8 in the Eastern Conference, dropping Brooklyn (40-38) to No. 10. Atlanta finished 1-2 seasons against Brooklyn and broke the three-game losing streak against the Nets.

From the Young Floor -24 for 10, four of them from 3s, and from the -14 line for 12, with 10 assists and six rebounds for his 39th double-double. D’Andre Hunter and Danilo Galinari each scored 15 runs.

Durant was 8-10 on 3-pointers with 19 and seven rebounds for 28 from the floor and was the best of his career at 54 points against Golden State when he became a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2014.

Kiri Irving has scored 31 points, including seven 3’s and six assists. The net has lost three of the four.

Brooklyn had a 10-point lead early in the first quarter and was 30-28 ahead of Durant for 15 points. But Atlanta’s offensive approach has resulted in a maximum of 30 free throws in the half-season, of which 22 have been successful. Hawks led 65-50 when Galinari fired a long 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left in the half.

Hawks led 15 points at 5:45 in the third quarter on Young’s 3-pointer but could not slow down Durant. He scored 19 points in the period and was able to cut the Atlanta lead to 94-87 by entering the net fourth quarter.

Brooklyn reduced the lead to 97-93 when Cam Thomas made three free throws at 9:59, only Atlanta’s second-unit score of 10 and a 14-point lead at 7:15.

Both teams are back in action on Tuesday, with Brooklyn Houston traveling to Houston and Atlanta to Toronto.

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