By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 28 of his 29 points in the second half, Jabari Parker added 19 points and the Atlanta Hawks moved past the suspension of John Collins to snap a three-game losing streak with a 108-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.
Young, returning after missing one game with a right ankle sprain, put on some dazzling moves in the fourth quarter to help his team overcome the loss of Collins, who was suspended earlier in the day for 25 games without pay for a violation of the NBA’s anti-drug program after testing positive for a growth hormone.
DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points, Bryn Forbes had 17 and Patty Mills 16 for the Spurs. San Antonio has dropped three of four.
The 6-foot-1 Young put on a dribbling display that stopped 6-11 LaMarcus Aldridge cold, then zipped a brilliant pass from the right-side perimeter to a cutting DeAndre’ Bembry for a dunk that put the Hawks up 95-88 with 4:52 remaining. Young had 13 assists.
The crowd roared again after Young fell backward while hitting a 3 from the right corner to make it 104-96 with 2:11 remaining.
The Spurs led by eight entering the fourth but were outscored 38-22. Young, who went 5 for 10 beyond the arc, had 16 points in the final period.
San Antonio led 45-44 at halftime with DeRozan, Mills and Parker each scoring 10 points. The Spurs were just 8 for 33 on 3s and missed seven free throws.
Young was 0 for 8 in the first half.
Parker replaced Collins, the team’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer.
Spurs: San Antonio began the game third-best in the NBA in rebounding, but they were beaten on the boards 48-41. Trey Lyles led all players with 12. … Derrick White, who fell on his right hip and backside early in the fourth of Sunday’s home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, went 1 for 6 from the field in 19 minutes.
Hawks: Coach Lloyd Pierce said before the game that Young was on a 30-minute limit and that’s exactly what he played. … De’Andre Hunter (knee) and Kevin Huerter (knee) were at a maximum 35-minute limit.
Spurs: Host Oklahoma City on Thursday night.
Hawks: Host Chicago on Wednesday night.