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Hawks begin road-trip with narrow victory over Pelicans

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The second quarter, the Hawks came out with a vastly different energy and it took the second unit – plus Collins – about half of the second quarter to eradicate the Pelicans’ 14 point lead. Collins joined that second unit having collected two fouls in the first quarter and Hawks head coach Nate McMillan inserted Collins on two fouls to begin the second and I thought Collins made a huge impact not just offensively but defensively, too, you could hear Collins talking loudly on defense too and the Hawks just looked so much more organized on that end of the floor in the second quarter to begin and I don’t think that was a coincidence.

Next, Young and Capela link in the pick-and-roll again and Young gets to the mid-range again and hits the tough, fallaway jumper to put the Hawks up by four points:

The Pelicans respond immediately with a nice double-drag screen and Jonas Valanciunas gets the jump on Capela for the alley-oop:

The Hawks were called for an offensive foul on the trip from Capela before the Pelicans tied the game with a beautiful step-move from Jones around Collins for the lay-in:

Credit where credit is due: that is a great offensive move from the rookie.

Young attempts to respond with a three of his own after he sees an extra body out front but Collins is on-hand to punch home the offensive rebound to give the Hawks the lead:

One of the Hawks’ 21 offensive rebounds on the game last night and it proved fitting that the basket that put the Hawks ahead for good would come from an offensive rebound – Collins procuring seven offensive rebounds himself.

Out of the subsequent timeout from the Pelicans, Jones gets to the free throw line where he splits the pair, leaving the Hawks with a one-point lead. Heading down the floor, Young can’t shed Naji Marshall on the perimeter – who played good defense to be fair to him – and Young’s flipped shot as he crahses to the floor is missed but, fittingly, Collins is there to grab the offensive rebound and draws a foul in the process as the Hawks then call a timeout:

Huge rebound from Collins again here, contested by the long Ingram behind him.

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