National Basketball Association
Atlanta 122, Brooklyn 115
When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, April 2, 2022
Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Officials: #24 Kevin Scott, #67 Brandon Adair, #77 Karl Lane
Attendance: 18126

Trae Young scored 36 points -- nine in the final minute -- to help the Atlanta Hawks offset a career-high 55-point night from Kevin Durant and hang on to beat the visiting Brooklyn Nets 122-115 on Saturday.

After Brooklyn cut Atlanta's lead to 111-108 on a Durant dunk with 1:25 remaining, Young scored on a floater and 3-pointer to push the lead back to eight points with 23.5 seconds left. The Hawks were 6-for-6 at the line in the final minute, four by Young, to put the game away.

Atlanta (41-37) won its fifth straight game and moved into No. 8 in the Eastern Conference, dropping Brooklyn (40-38) into the 10th spot. Atlanta finished the season 1-2 against Brooklyn and broke a three-game losing streak against the Nets.

Young was 10-for-24 from the floor, four of them 3s, and 12-for-14 from the line, along with 10 assists and six rebounds for his 39th double-double. De'Andre Hunter and Danilo Gallinari each scored 15.

Durant was 19-for-28 from the floor and 8-for-10 on 3-pointers with seven rebounds and bested his career high of 54 points against Golden State when he was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2014.

Kyrie Irving scored 31 points, including seven 3s, and six assists. The Nets have lost three of four.

Brooklyn had a 10-point lead early in the first quarter and led 30-28 thanks to 15 points from Durant. But Atlanta's aggressive approach led to a season-high 30 free throws in the half, 22 of them successful. The Hawks led 65-50 when Gallinari drained a long 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left in the half.

The Hawks led by as many as 15 points at the 5:45 mark of the third quarter on Young's 3-pointer but could not slow Durant. He scored 19 points in the period and the Nets were able to cut Atlanta's lead to 94-87 entering the fourth quarter.

Brooklyn cut the lead to 97-93 when Cam Thomas made three free throws at 9:59, only to have Atlanta's second unit score 10 straight and restore a 14-point lead at 7:15.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday, with Brooklyn hosting Houston and Atlanta traveling to Toronto.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Brooklyn   Atlanta
Kevin Durant 55 Scoring Trae Young 36
Kyrie Irving 6 Assists Trae Young 10
Andre Drummond 13 Rebounds Clint Capela 12
Kevin Durant 9 Free Throws Made Trae Young 12
Andre Drummond 2 Steals Bogdan Bogdanovic 2
Nic Claxton 1 Blocks Onyeka Okongwu 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Brooklyn 115 42.4 17-37 14-19 17 52 3 5 13
Atlanta 122 41.9 13-41 37-49 18 54 4 10 7
Upcoming Games
  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Hawks have a W/L % of .537 after a win and .514 after a loss.
  • Brooklyn will play their next game at home against Houston. The Nets have a W/L % of .488 after a win and .541 after a loss.