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Hawks hoping for better road outcome in New Orleans
Atlanta Hawks at New Orleans Pelicans
- The Hawks have won five straight against the Pelicans, averaging 120.2 points in that time while winning by double digits in each of the last four. Their four-game streak of scoring at least 120 points is their longest active streak against any opponent.
- Atlanta has won both of its home games this season by at least 15 points and lost its one road game to Cleveland, 101-95. The Hawks have lost six straight road games dating back to last season, getting outscored by an average of 17.2 points.
- Cam Reddish is averaging 18.7 points this season, second best by any player off the bench behind Tyler Herro (23.3; minimum three games). He is 9-for-16 (.563) from three this season, tied for third best by any player off the bench (minimum 15 attempts).
- New Orleans won its first game of the season on Monday, 107-98, to Minnesota. The Pelicans have allowed 97.0 points per game in their last two games (both against the Timberwolves) after allowing 122.5 points per game in their first two games.
- Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 23 rebounds on Monday, the first 20-20 game for a Pelican since Derrick Favors on November 14, 2019. He has 42 points and 40 rebounds over his last two games -- the only other Pelican with at least 40 points and 40 rebounds in a two-game span all-time is Anthony Davis on February 21-23, 2016 (68 points, 40 rebounds).
- Trae Young is four points away from 5000 career points -- today is his 208th career game. He would be the fastest player to 5000 career points for the Hawks since the team moved to Atlanta in 1968-69.
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The Atlanta Hawks' first road game of the season didn't go well.
They hope to do better as they begin a three-game road trip at New Orleans on Wednesday.
The Hawks bounced back from a 101-95 loss at Cleveland in their only road game so far to beat visiting Detroit 122-104 on Monday night. They'll try to build on that performance when they face the Pelicans to start a stretch in which eight of 10 games are away from home.
"Playing the full game, that's something Coach (Nate) McMillan has been saying," guard Kevin Huerter said, "and we put together a full game (Monday)."
Atlanta led by 10 points at the end of the first quarter, by eight at halftime and by 16 at the end of the third quarter.
"I thought we were about business the entire game," McMillan said.
Lou Williams came off the bench to see his first action of the season and had nine points and two assists in 17 minutes.
"I want to get him some minutes at that backup point guard position," McMillan said of Williams. "He's a veteran and I think he settles us down. He did it last year when he played. I like him being out there. ... I like the pace that we play at when he's out there playing."
The Hawks had 10 assists on 14 field goals in the third quarter and finished with 24 assists.
"When you play in a rhythm and you play together with the guys we have on this roster, it'll be tough to defend us," McMillan said.
The Pelicans finished a three-game road trip of their own with their first victory of the season, 107-98 at Minnesota on Monday.
First-year coach Willie Green called the win "refreshing" after starting the season with three consecutive losses.
"You understand really quick how hard it is to win in this league," Green said.
New Orleans has struggled without injured forward Zion Williamson, the team's leading scorer and top inside presence last season.
But center Jonas Valanciunas stepped up Monday with 22 points and 23 rebounds -- one shy of his career high -- as the Pelicans out-rebounded the Wolves 60-41. He had a double-double before halftime.
"Jonas has been huge for us," Green said. "I've had several talks with him. I've just told him, 'We're going to ride you, big fella.'"
The Pelicans saw a 21-point lead trimmed to four points late in the third quarter. But they never lost the lead and Brandon Ingram made four straight field goals down the stretch to secure the victory. He finished with a team-high 27 points.
"He's just scratching the surface on where he wants to be," Green said of Ingram. "He just came in at the end and closed the game for us. We need him to play like that. But more importantly, he's finding his teammates. He's rebounding the ball. He's calling plays. He's taking such a leadership role. We need him to continue on that path, and I know he will."
--Field Level Media
Updated October 26, 2021