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NBA: Hawks beat Magic after Trae Young sizzles in 2nd half


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Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts during the second half against the Orlando Magic at State Farm Arena on October 21, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Todd Kirkland / Getty Images / AFP

Trae Young scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half and finished with 13 assists to lift the home team Atlanta Hawks to a 108-98 victory over Orlando Magic Friday.

Atlanta’s John Collins collected 23 points, 13 rebounds and three steals. He took 9 of 14 shots from the floor after sinking 9 of 12 attempts in his 24-point performance in Atlanta’s 117-107 season-opening win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. .

Dejounte Murray nearly scored a brace with 20 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and four steals to help the Hawks overcome a 13-point deficit.

Cole Anthony scored 25 points from the bench in Orlando on his debut of the season. He sat out the Magic’s opening 113-109 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday due to illness.

Top overall pick Paolo Banchero collected 20 points and 12 rebounds and Wendell Carter Jr had 14 and 8 for the Magic, respectively.

Orlando’s Jalen Suggs sprained his right ankle after being fouled by Murray midway through the third round. Suggs missed both free throws and was replaced by Anthony. He did not return to the game.

Orlando took an 81-80 lead before Atlanta scored 25 of the first 36 points in the fourth inning, marked by Young’s skewed 3-pointer as the shot clock expired. Young added another 3-pointer in the transition to give the Hawks a 105-92 lead with 2:40 left.

Collins tackled Franz Wagner’s drop by drilling a 3-pointer with the remaining 48.6 seconds to mark victory.

Anthony pulled three-pointers to extend the Magic’s lead to 40-27 with 8:40 remaining in the second half before Atlanta slowly began to give up. Justin Holiday, Collins, Murray and Young each converted from outside the arc before Murray sank another 3-pointer to give the Hawks a 60-59 lead early in the third round.

Young made a jump from the corner before Anthony hit the free throw to lift the Magic to an 81-80 lead at the end of the third inning.

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