Harden, Capela lead Rockets to easy win over Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Paul wasn't concerned that Houston would keep struggling to hit shots.
"In the first half we weren't making anything," he said. "We looked, and it was tied up and we...
BOSTON (AP) — What looked like an easy day for the Boston Celtics turned into a fight to the finish.
It's something they've got to clean up heading into the postseason.
Collins too much for Grizzlies in Hawks’ lopsided win
ATLANTA (AP) — John Collins knew the Memphis Grizzlies didn't want to play a fast-paced game, so the Atlanta Hawks needed to keep pushing the ball up the floor,
Nets hold off Hawks 114-112 for 3rd straight win
ATLANTA (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie didn't care that the Brooklyn Nets gave an ugly performance. They still escaped Atlanta with a victory.
"Honestly, we just got enough stops, just barely...
Len scores 28, Hawks hold on to beat Bulls 123-118
CHICAGO (AP) — Trae Young was on his way to another big outing before he got thrown out of the game.
That left the Atlanta Hawks without one more important player.
Young, Collins emerging as strong base for Hawks’ future
ATLANTA (AP) — Looking across the Atlanta Hawks' locker room, DeAndre Bembry nodded as he glanced at Trae Young and John Collins.
"You can obviously tell that's the future," said Bembry, a...
Young, Collins power Hawks past Timberwolves, 131-123 in OT
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young and John Collins showed a glimpse of the Atlanta Hawks' long-range plan.
In the process, they helped make it more difficult for Minnesota to realize its playoff...
Young, Bazemore lead Hawks past Suns 120-112
ATLANTA (AP) — Taurean Prince sensed before Saturday's game that the Atlanta Hawks had learned from their mistakes in the closing seconds the night before.
The Latest: OKC’s Diallo leaps over Shaq to win dunk contest
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local):
Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo is the NBA's slam dunk champion.
Going over Shaquille O'Neal in the first round, then getting a boost from rapper Quavo in the finale, Diallo soared to the crown by topping New York's Dennis Smith Jr.
Diallo topped Smith 88-85 in the finale. Charlotte's Miles Bridges and Atlanta's John Collins went out in the first round.
John Collins: Favorite dunker is Hawks teammate Vince Carter
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — John Collins has a favorite dunker. Not surprisingly, it's his Atlanta teammate Vince Carter.
Collins will represent the Hawks in the dunk contest, one of the events during All-Star Saturday Night. The 3-point contest and skills competition are also on the evening docket.
Trae Young leads Hawks past LeBron James, Lakers 117-113
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young knew he'd have to carry a heavy load, and that was OK with him.
The rookie was pumped to face LeBron James.
Young had 22 points and 14 assists, John Collins also scored 22 points despite foul trouble, and the Atlanta Hawks defeated James and the Los Angeles Lakers 117-113 on Tuesday night.
Walker, Williams lead Hornets past Hawks, 129-120
ATLANTA (AP) — Kemba Walker loved Charlotte's quick pace to begin the game. The Hornets were moving the ball briskly to hit open shots and put the Atlanta Hawks away early.
"I think it gave us great confidence, but for the most part I thought we did a great job of just moving the basketball," Walker said. "Whenever guys had two defenders on them, they got rid of it and made the right plays and the right passes to each other. We just knocked the shots down."
Carter provides needed spark as Hawks beat Wizards 137-129
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the old man on an Atlanta squad jammed with youngsters, Vince Carter knew what challenges the longest road trip of the season would present.
Now he's the reason the Hawks are heading home on a rare high.
The 42-year-old Carter scored 16 points in 16 minutes after halftime, helping Atlanta hold off the Washington Wizards 137-129 on Monday night to complete their seven-game trip with four wins.
Collins, Young lift Hawks past Suns, 118-112
PHOENIX (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks were in a touchy situation in the final minutes against the ever-struggling Phoenix Suns.
Then their two best young players pulled them out of danger.
John Collins matched his career high with 35 points and fell one shy of his career best with 16 rebounds, and the Hawks handed the Suns their 10th straight loss, 118-112 on Saturday night.
Trae Young scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, when the Hawks pulled away.
Simmons, Mitchell, Doncic headline Rising Stars game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Philadelphia's Ben Simmons, Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Dallas' Luka Doncic were among the 20 players announced Tuesday as participants in this year's Rising Stars game at All-Star weekend.
Simmons is the reigning rookie of the year, and Doncic is the favorite to win that award this season.
For the fifth straight year, the game that features rookies and second-year players will use a U.S. vs. World format.
Hawks beat Clippers 123-118 for 1st time since 2016
LOS ANGELES (AP) — These young Atlanta Hawks are growing up over halfway through the season.
Trae Young scored 26 points, John Collins added 22 and they beat the Los Angeles Clippers 123-118 on Monday night for the first time in nearly three years.
Atlanta had lost five in a row to the Clippers dating to March 5, 2016. The Hawks earned their first win against a Pacific Division opponent this season after dropping their first five.
Collins scores 35 as Hawks beat Bulls 121-101
CHICAGO (AP) — John Collins was on the move for the Atlanta Hawks, all night long. He cut along the baseline for layups and dunks. He stepped out for 3-pointers.
The Chicago Bulls just kept losing track of him.
Collins scored a career-high 35 points, Trae Young had 12 assists and the Hawks beat the Bulls 121-101 on Wednesday.
"It's a big part of my game, moving without the basketball," Collins said. "And like I said, I have unselfish guys on my team that are able to find me."
Hawks stun 76ers 123-121 on Collins’ late jumper
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Butler had 30 fateful seconds in the fourth to forget.
The Philadelphia 76ers star guard lost the ball in a tie game on a drive down the lane that led to Atlanta's John Collins finding separation and burying a fadeaway jumper with 25 seconds left for the lead.
Butler had a chance at atonement — he was 12 for 12 at the free-throw line and had two shots with 2.4 seconds left.
Young, Collins power undermanned Hawks past Heat
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young reached out to Dwyane Wade twice in hopes he'd get a signed jersey in the star's last game in Atlanta.
Wade, whose son Zaire is friends with Young, gladly obliged.
"I texted him and I was like, 'I need it for the last time in the ATL," Young said. "He said, 'I already got it planned.' It was cool to talk to him."
Young, Carter power Hawks past Cavs, 111-108
ATLANTA (AP) — There hasn't been much for Hawks forward John Collins to feel good about this season.
His team has almost no chance to make the playoffs, so Collins wants to enjoy the good times while they last.
"We're a young team with a new coaching staff," he said. "It's all about getting together as a group and figuring it out. I think we have been."
Bazemore scores 23 as Hawks beat Wolves 123-120 in OT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With the Hawks' momentum gone and a noisy sellout crowd cheering the Timberwolves, first-year Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce made a bold prediction.
"I told our guys at the end of the third quarter, 'This is going to be our best win of the season,'" Pierce said.
It certainly wasn't their prettiest with 24 turnovers, but the Hawks made just enough hustle plays to overcome blowing a 22-point lead and beat Minnesota 123-120 in overtime Friday night.
Griffin misses late FTs, Hawks beat Pistons 98-95
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons thought they had the right big guy on the line.
With 23 seconds left and trailing the Atlanta Hawks by a point, it was Blake Griffin with two free throws instead of Andre Drummond, one of the worst free-throw shooters in league history.
Griffin missed both shots, and the Hawks held on for a 98-95 victory Sunday.
"I have to be better than that," he said. "We fought back to give ourselves a chance to win the game, and I missed the shots."
Balanced Hawks rally for 114-107 victory over Knicks
NEW YORK (AP) — Kent Bazemore and the Atlanta Hawks erased a tough start with a big finish.
Bazemore scored 22 points, John Collins had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and the Hawks rallied to beat the New York Knicks 114-107 on Friday night.
Atlanta trailed 39-28 after one quarter, but held New York to 38 points in the second half of its second straight win.
"For our guys to make a stand defensively was great to see," Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said.
Collins leads Hawks past Nuggets 106-98
ATLANTA (AP) — John Collins was most pleased that Atlanta avenged a blowout loss to Denver.
Collins scored a career-high 30 points, and Vince Carter and DeAndre' Bembry came off the bench to fuel a third-quarter rally that helped the Hawks beat the Nuggets 106-98 on Saturday night.
Collins thought back to a 138-93 loss to the Nuggets last month.
Beal scores 36 points as Wizards blow past Hawks, 131-117
ATLANTA (AP) — Bradley Beal could tell early in the first quarter that the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks had no answer for him.
"Just being confident, just being aggressive," he said. "Getting to the free throw line helped me out a lot. Being aggressive in that aspect. Just pretty much taking what they gave me."
Hawks hold on, top Heat 115-113 to snap 7-game road slide
MIAMI (AP) — Josh Richardson took the last pass from Dwyane Wade, then wound up taking a wide-open 3-pointer that would have been a game-winner.
Like everything else this season for Miami, the last shot didn't go according to plan.
Richardson's shot bounced off the front of the rim with less than 2 seconds remaining, time ran out on the Heat and the Atlanta Hawks — who wasted every bit of a 19-point, second-half lead — escaped from Miami with a 115-113 win on Tuesday night.
John Collins helps Hawks snap 10-game skid
ATLANTA (AP) — John Collins was certain the ball would go to Kemba Walker, so it was just a matter of getting in position to alter his shot.
"We knew he was going to get to a strong right (move) and get to a step-back if he could," Collins said. "He ended up going for the floater, and I timed it perfectly with the game-winning block."
Hawks’ Dedmon cleared to play home opener, 3 still out
ATLANTA (AP) — Dewayne Dedmon is expected to play in the Atlanta Hawks' home opener after missing the first three games recovering from a fractured left ankle.
The 7-foot center participated in his first full practice and was cleared for Wednesday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Hawks are still without three other players.
Forward John Collins continues to rehab an injured left ankle. His status will be updated Nov. 4, meaning he will miss at least six more games.
Hawks exercise contract options on Bembry, Prince, Collins
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have exercised their 2019-20 contract options on DeAndre' Bembry, Taurean Prince and John Collins.
Bembry, the No. 21 pick by the Hawks in the 2016 draft, has averaged 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in his first two games. He made three starts last season while averaging 5.2 points.
Prince, acquired by the Hawks from the Utah Jazz in a three-team trade on July 7, 2016, started all 82 games for Atlanta last season and averaged 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
Hawks begin what expects to be long season of growing pains
ATLANTA (AP) — Taurean Prince knows the Atlanta Hawks are about to begin one of the toughest seasons in franchise history.
A year after going 24-58 — worst in the Eastern Conference — the Hawks are likely to take a step further back in the standings with an even younger team.
Point guard Trae Young, the fifth overall draft pick, and shooting guard Kevin Huerter, the 19th overall pick, are both 20 years old. Forward Omari Spellman, the 30th overall pick, is 21.
NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Utah's Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA's All-Rookie team.
The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Both players helped their teams reach the second round of the playoffs.
Boston's Jayson Tatum also was selected Tuesday to the first team, falling one vote short of unanimous. Simmons, Mitchell and Tatum are the three finalists for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.
Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. is projected to be the No. 3 overall pick, by the Atlanta Hawks, in a new NBA mock draft by ESPN (pay site).
Wake Forest had serious trouble replacing two players who left school early. As a result, another Demon Deacons' season ended early.
The Demon Deacons wrapped up a disappointing season Tuesday night with a 73-64 loss to Syracuse in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Hawks request waivers on veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have taken another step in their youth movement by requesting waivers on veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova.
The move clears more playing time for rookie John Collins.
Ilyasova, who started in 40 of 46 games played for the Hawks this season, will become a free agent if he clears waivers as expected. Ilyasova's contract, which was bought out by the team, was set to expire at the end of the season.
Dedmon powers Hawks past Griffin, Pistons 118-115
ATLANTA (AP) — Dewayne Dedmon made the most of only his second start in Atlanta's last 18 games, especially at the end.
Dedmon gave Atlanta the lead with a three-point play and then padded the margin with a 3-pointer, lifting the Hawks to a 118-115 win over Blake Griffin and the Pistons on Sunday.
Dedmon matched his career high with 20 points and had 13 rebounds in his matchup with Andre Drummond, who had 25 points and 15 rebounds for Detroit.
Valanciunas posts double-double, Raptors crush Hawks 108-93
ATLANTA (AP) — On a night starter Jonas Valanciunas earned credit for setting a high-energy tone in a runaway win, Toronto coach Dwane Casey still criticized a lackadaisical final few minutes from his backups.
The explanation from Casey was simple: "We're building for something bigger."
Valanciunas had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the rested Raptors used strong 3-point shooting to beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-93 on Wednesday night.