sunny.png
Tuesday July 27th, 2021 9:06AM

Collins, Gallinari lead streaking Hawks past Cavs, 100-82

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

ATLANTA (AP) — John Collins scored 22 points, Danilo Gallinari had 20, including a 3-pointer that helped Atlanta extend its lead in the fourth quarter, and the Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-82 on Sunday night for their fifth consecutive win under interim coach Nate McMillan.

The Hawks have their first five-game winning streak in more than four years.

McMillan said the Hawks are learning to finish games, including against Cleveland. The Hawks lost close games in the first two meetings of the season.

“We continue to show growth," McMillan said. “We continue to understand how to finish, how to win these games and play in the fourth quarter."

The Hawks led only 69-66 before opening the final quarter with 12 consecutive points to stretch the advantage to 15 points. Gallinari's 3-pointer during the run gave Atlanta its first double-digits lead at 77-66.

“When you win a couple of close games, three or four in a row, it gives you confidence to keep doing that," Gallinari said. “... You’ve got to believe you can do it every night."

Gallinari said it's too soon to say the Hawks, still one game under .500 at 19-20, are playing like a team ready to have success in the playoffs.

“It's still a long process and a long season," Gallinari said. “When you think about the strides we’ve made since the start of the season ... the fact we’ve been winning those close games we were losing at the start of the season is a huge step."

Collins set a season high with 13 rebounds. Trae Young scored 14 points.

Collin Sexton had 15 points for the Cavaliers, who have a three-game losing streak. Darius Garland added 11 points.

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, making only his second start after missing 33 games with a right calf strain, played only two minutes and didn't attempt a shot. The Cavaliers reported Love “didn't feel right” and didn't want to risk a setback.

“When a guy leaves that early in the game, it’s always concerning," Cavaliers coach B.J. Bickerstaff said.

Love played 10 minutes and scored four points in his return, a 116-82 loss at New Orleans on Friday night.

Forward Larry Nance Jr., who also returned against New Orleans after missing 12 games with a left hand injury, had four points in 26 minutes.

The Hawks led 49-46 at halftime and kept that margin into the fourth.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Garland (groin) returned after missing Friday's loss to New Orleans. ... Rookie Isaac Okoro was drawn into two fouls in the first four minutes, each from Young's fakes on jumpers, and was shaking his head as he walked to the bench. Okoro finished with three fouls and scored six points. ... F Taurean Prince (sprained left shoulder) did not play.

Hawks: Atlanta's last five-game winning streak came in the 2016-17 season, from Dec. 28, 2016 to Jan. 10, 2017. ... Atlanta ended Cleveland's streak of four consecutive wins in the series, including the first two games of the three-game season series. ... The Hawks continue to play without forwards De’Andre Hunter (right knee surgery) and Cam Reddish (right Achilles).

KNIGHT SHINES

Atlanta rookie center Nathan Knight, playing on a two-way contract, seized an unusual opening for playing time to set career highs with 16 points and nine rebounds. Centers Clint Capela (left heel pain) and Onyeka Okongwu (right adductor soreness) were held out on the second game of a back-to-back.

Even without Capela, the NBA's rebounding leader, the Hawks claimed a 48-34 advantage on the boards.

CHARITY DISPARITY

Atlanta outscored Cleveland 24-10 from the free-throw line. The Hawks made 24 of 26 free throws. The Cavaliers made only 12 of 23, including 5 of 12 by center Jarrett Allen.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: At Miami on Tuesday night.

Hawks: At Houston on Tuesday night.

___

More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Sports, Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Sports - NBA
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Collins, Gallinari lead streaking Hawks past Cavs, 100-82
John Collins scored 22 points, Danilo Gallinari had 20, including a 3-pointer that helped Atlanta extend its lead in the fourth quarter, and the Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-82
10:13PM ( 11 minutes ago )
The Latest: Grammys honors the many lost to the pandemic
Bruno Mars celebrated Little Richard, Lionel Richie honored Kenny Rogers and Brandi Carlile paid tribute to John Prine during an in memoriam segment on the Grammy Awards that featured an especially long list of names after a year of the coronavirus pandemic
9:52PM ( 31 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest on Selection Sunday: Virginia delays trip to Indy
Virginia coach Tony Bennett says most of his players are in quarantine after being exposed to an individual infected with COVID-19, but he is still hopeful the Cavaliers will be able to play in the NCAA Tournament
8:31PM ( 1 hour ago )
Gonzaga's bid for perfection begins with No. 1 overall seed
Gonzaga will be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament in its bid to complete the first undefeated season in 35 years
8:29PM ( 1 hour ago )
Record-setting Saints QB Brees announces retirement at 42
Saints record-setting quarterback Drew Brees has decided to retire after 20 NFL seasons, including his last 15 with New Orleans
8:24PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
Illinois gets No. 1 seed in Midwest after Big Ten title
Third-ranked Illinois earned the top seed in the Midwest Region minutes after beating No. 9 Ohio State in overtime to win the Big Ten Tournament title Sunday, anchoring a region filled with surprise teams and mid-major monsters
7:09PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest on Selection Sunday: Louisville out, Pitino in
Louisville was the first left out of the field of the NCAA Tournament, but former Cardinals coach Rick Pitino is back in the field of 68 with Iona
7:02PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest on Selection Sunday: Michigan is top seed in East
Michigan is the top seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament, giving the Big Ten two No. 1s in the field of 68 teams along with Illinois
6:42PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Georgia's lieutenant governor rules out a run for US Senate
Georgia's Republican lieutenant governor is ruling out a run for the U.S. Senate in 2022
1:17PM ( 9 hours ago )
Devoe, Georgia Tech beat No. 15 FSU 80-75 for ACC title
Michael Devoe scored 20 points and Georgia Tech shot 52% after halftime to beat No. 15 Florida State 80-75 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship
1:56AM ( 19 hours ago )
Young, Capela propel Hawks past Kings 121-106
Trae Young scored 17 of 28 points in the third quarter and Clint Capela scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half as the Atlanta Hawks won their fourth straight game with a 121-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings
11:01PM ( 22 hours ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
NBA has a record day with 5 triple-doubles
An NBA-record five players had triple-doubles Saturday, including former MVPs Giannis Antetokounmpo and Russell Westbrook in the same game
1:52AM ( 19 hours ago )
AP Interview: Morey embraces challenges of leading 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers President Daryl Morey has embraced the challenge of trying to lead the franchise to its first NBA title since 1983
1:13PM ( 1 day ago )
AP source: Embiid could miss up to 2 weeks with knee injury
A person with knowledge of the injury says Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid has a bone bruise on his left knee and could miss up to two weeks
11:47AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - NBA
The Latest: Grammys honors the many lost to the pandemic
Bruno Mars celebrated Little Richard, Lionel Richie honored Kenny Rogers and Brandi Carlile paid tribute to John Prine during an in memoriam segment on the Grammy Awards that featured an especially long list of names after a year of the coronavirus pandemic
9:52PM ( 31 minutes ago )
The Latest: Harry Styles wins his first Grammy Award
Harry Styles has won his first Grammy, taking for best pop solo performance for “Watermelon Sugar.”
9:43PM ( 40 minutes ago )
Taylor Swift performs, Harry Styles wins 1st Grammy Award
With the pandemic putting a halt to live performances, Taylor Swift made up for a year off the road with a three-song set at the Grammy Awards, where she could make history as the first woman to win album of the year three times
9:30PM ( 53 minutes ago )
The Latest: A fairy-like Taylor Swift returns to Grammys
Taylor Swift performed at the Grammys for the first time in five years, singing a medley of songs from her albums “evermore” and “folklore” in a mystical woodland-and-cabin setting
9:28PM ( 55 minutes ago )