Young helps Hawks snap 10-game skid in win over Golden State

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives between Golden State Warriors' Eric Paschall (7) and Ky Bowman (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta.

    Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives between Golden State Warriors' Eric Paschall (7) and Ky Bowman (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. Associated Press

  • Atlanta Hawks forward Jabari Parker scores in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta.

    Atlanta Hawks forward Jabari Parker scores in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. Associated Press

  • Golden State Warriors guard Ky Bowman (12) steals the ball from Atlanta Hawks center Damian Jones (30) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta.

    Golden State Warriors guard Ky Bowman (12) steals the ball from Atlanta Hawks center Damian Jones (30) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. Associated Press

  • Golden State Warriors forward Marquese Chriss (32) scores in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta.

    Golden State Warriors forward Marquese Chriss (32) scores in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. Associated Press

  • Atlanta Hawks guard DeAndre' Bembry (95) and Golden State Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein (2) fight for a rebound in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta.

    Atlanta Hawks guard DeAndre' Bembry (95) and Golden State Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein (2) fight for a rebound in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. Associated Press

  • Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives against Golden State Warriors guard Ky Bowman (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta.

    Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives against Golden State Warriors guard Ky Bowman (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. Associated Press

  • Golden State Warriors guard Ky Bowman (12) and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) chase the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta.

    Golden State Warriors guard Ky Bowman (12) and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) chase the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. Associated Press

  • Atlanta Hawks guard Tyrone Wallace (8) passes the ball between Golden State Warriors forward Marquese Chriss (32) and guard Ky Bowman (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta.

    Atlanta Hawks guard Tyrone Wallace (8) passes the ball between Golden State Warriors forward Marquese Chriss (32) and guard Ky Bowman (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. Associated Press

 
 
Posted12/3/2019 7:00 AM

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks found themselves laughing for the first time in a long time.

Trae Young scored 24 points, rookie De'Andre Hunter added 18 and Damian Jones pitched in a career-high 16 points with eight rebounds as the Hawks beat the Golden State Warriors 104-79 on Monday night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Hawks were just happy to win again after snapping a 10-game losing streak in a matchup of the two teams with the NBA's worst records.

It was a season low in points scored for the Warriors (4-18) and the fewest the Hawks (5-16) have allowed in a game.

Golden State dressed just nine players, even with center Kevon Looney returning to action after missing 19 games with a nerve condition.

The opponent didn't matter to Atlanta. The only thing the Hawks cared about was winning.

'It feels good, obviously; we haven't won in a long time, which isn't a good feeling,' Young said. 'We're all happy, but we have a long way to go ... We have to continue to get better.'

Rookie Eric Paschall led Golden State with 24 points, but his teammates combined to shoot 24 of 72 and the Warriors committed 25 turnovers which the Hawks converted into 25 points. The visitors were missing Draymond Green, DeAngelo Russell and Stephen Curry, among others.

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'It's frustrating to keep losing. We're all competitors,' Paschall said after his 11th double-digit scoring game of the season. 'It definitely feels like a step back, getting blown out.'

The Warriors led 23-20 after a quarter before Hunter scored six consecutive points for the Hawks early in the second period to give Atlanta the lead for good with a pair of jumpers and a couple free throws.

The Hawks stretched a nine-point halftime lead to 76-53 in the third quarter when Vince Carter drained a long 3-pointer with 1:09 left in the period.

Atlanta ranks near the bottom of every defensive category, yet they limited the Warriors to 39.8% shooting, and Golden State made just 3 of 17 3-point shots. Paschall made both his tries from long distance.

'We had good spirit, we were switching on and off the ball, making it difficult for them,' Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce said. 'We knew they were on a back-to-back and they're down a lot of bodies ... It was more the spirit of our guys than anything technical we did.'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Hunter scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half. He left the game midway through the fourth quarter with what was said to be a dislocated right index finger with no fracture.

Pierce didn't believe the injury to be serious.

The Hawks enjoyed their latest win in the locker room.

'The guys are in there, they're fun, they're happy. It's a different spirit than our last time out, ' Pierce said. 'The guys were in there cracking jokes on Cam (Reddish) for missing a dunk, laughing at De'Andre (Hunter) because he was in pain when he jammed his finger. ... It's good to see our guys feel and act normal after a game.'

TIP-INS

Warriors: Draymond Green did not play because of inflammation in his right heel. That heel kept him out of three games recently before he played in Golden State's two previous contest on a 24-minute restriction. Green will have his jersey retired Tuesday night at Michigan State, where he played collegiately. Several Warriors plan to attend, including head coach Steve Kerr. Teammate Klay Thompson, who is rehabbing a torn ACL in California, is slated to join the festivities in East Lansing, Michigan. Injured guard Stephen Curry will not make it, as he is scheduled for surgery Tuesday to remove pins from his broken hand. ... Former Hawk Omari Spellman, who was traded to Golden State last summer, had 10 points and nine rebounds. 'We didn't really execute what Steve wanted defensively so offense didn't matter,' he said. 'When I first walked into the gym it was a little emotional. But it's still a job.'

Hawks: Guard Allen Crabbe missed the game with flu-like symptoms. ... Rookie guard/forward Cam Reddish had an MRI on Monday morning on his bothersome left wrist. The scan revealed no more than a sprain. He played off the bench, scoring eight points on 3-of-10 shooting. ... Guard Kevin Huerter missed his 11th straight game with a left rotator cuff sprain but participated in a limited practice Monday morning. ... Forward John Collins remains suspended by the NBA.

LOW PLACES

After a competitive first quarter, the Warriors were gradually run out of State Farm Arena on the way to their sixth loss in seven games.

'A disappointing game, let's put it that way,' Kerr suggested. 'We were playing for ourselves out there instead of playing for each other. (Losing) wears on you.'

UP NEXT

Warriors: Will play the fourth game of a five-game trip Wednesday night against the Bulls in Chicago.

Hawks: Will host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

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