Atlanta Hawks: 6 Takeaways from 133-111 Win Over Cavaliers

DeAndre' Bembry #95 Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Omari Spellman #6 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Rookies Combine for Terrific Performance

Trae Young was not the only rookie to impress in this game, as both Omari Spellman and Kevin Huerter had extremely impactful and impressive performances on this night. Spellman lit up the box score with 17 points in only 23 minutes of action with 4 made triples and was a +15 box plus/minus in his time played. Huerter had a far more understated stat line, but it belied his overall impact on the game.

Huerter finished with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steal, 1 block and a +18 BPM in 25 minutes of action. Anytime your rookies combines for 61 points, it’s going to be a good night for your team.

2nd Quarter Comeback

Lastly, the Atlanta Hawks were able to turn this game’s narrative on its head in the 2nd quarter, when the team completely turned their fortunes around with a 40-point showing – mostly on the back of Trae Young, who scored 18 points in the frame. However, the entire team was looking good, and they outscored the Cavs by 14 in the 2nd – helping to build a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the night.

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Overall it was a great night for this young Atlanta Hawks squad, and hopefully the first of many. While it would’ve been nice to let the Cavs take this due to the draft pick implications (the Hawks have Cleveland’s pick if it falls between 11-30), but still a win is a win, and this one was full of joy and Trae Young triples. Not too shabby.