Short-handed Hornets lean on 3-pointers, top Hawks 130-127

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Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, left, drives around Charlotte Hornets guard Ish Smith during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Edward M. Pio Roda)

ATLANTA (AP) — Miles Bridges scored 32 points and the Charlotte Hornets, without four players, leaned on their best 3-point shooting game of the season and beat the Atlanta Hawks 130-127 on Sunday night.

Kelly Oubre Jr. made six 3s and scored 28 points for Charlotte. The Hornets made a season-high 17 3s.

John Collins led Atlanta with a season-best 31 points and 12 rebounds.

Bridges’ 3 with 4:26 remaining gave Charlotte a 115-113 lead that it didn’t relinquish. Oubre added another key 3 to push the lead to 122-116.

Trae Young’s jumper with 22 seconds remaining cut Charlotte’s lead to three points. Young scored 25 points and had a season-high 15 assists.

Among the four Charlotte players held out after being placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols was leading scorer LaMelo Ball. Also, starting guard Terry Rozier, the third-leading scorer, and two more usual rotation players — center Mason Plumlee and forward Jalen McDaniels — were held out. They’ll be sidelined for at least 10 days.

Oubre, Ish Smith and Nick Richards moved into the starting lineup.

Atlanta’s Kevin Huerter tried to counter Charlotte’s long-distance game by making a career-best seven 3s, finishing with 28 points.

After trailing 74-63 early in the third quarter, the Hawks were boosted by three consecutive 3-pointers, including two by Collins, to cut the Hornets’ lead to two points.

Atlanta led 89-87 before the Hornets regained momentum with a 12-0 run late in the third. Martin had eight points, including two 3s, in the run.


Hornets: Charlotte’s previous high for 3s was 14 in a 127-125 loss at Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Hornets matched that through three quarters — after a late 3 by Martin to end the third was disallowed. … Cody Martin had 19 points and Gordon Hayward added 18.

Hawks: F Solomon Hill was helped to the locker room after he slipped, did a split, and suffered a right hamstring injury late in the first quarter. Minutes later, he was ruled out for the remainder of the game. … F Cam Reddish (non-COVID illness) and G Bogdan Bogdanovic (right ankle sprain) did not play for the third consecutive game. … Young, who was listed as questionable before the game with left knee soreness, had only nine points with five turnovers in the first half.


Hornets: Host Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

Hawks: Visit Minnesota on Monday.

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