Atlanta Hawks: 3 takeaways from the second summer league action

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After losing the first summer league game by two points, the Atlanta Hawks almost lost their second game in a row. Thanks to Jalen Johnson contesting the rebound after a Skylar Mays miss, the ball came loose.

Sharife Cooper received the ball backing into the corner where he got his feet behind the line and made the last-second game-winning 3-point shot. It took a while for the referees to confirm that the shot was indeed a 3-ball but when all was said and done, the Hawks came away with a well-deserved win.

This was a game that was full of runs, a true test for both young squads. For the Indiana Pacers, Chris Duarte was phenomenal with 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block. He hit a sensational deep 3-point shot with time expiring in the third period which points to a good future for both Duarte and the franchise.

The Atlanta Hawks had good production from a number of players

The Hawks had good production from most of their starters in the Pacers game. Mays was solid with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell was also serviceable with 11 points and six rebounds.

However, it was the Hawks rookies who shone again in this game. Johnson had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He continued to showcase his athleticism with another two blocks. Cooper was the story of the game with 21 points and nine assists including the game-winner.

Now, let’s look at the three takeaways from this game.