NBA: Wizards shut down Trae Young to beat Hawks

Published January 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By the Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Trae Young entered Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards as the NBA’s fourth leading scorer, averaging 29.2 points per game. In the Atlanta Hawks’ last game, Young had a triple-double with 42 points in a loss to the Houston Rockets.

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) goes to the basket next to Washington Wizards guard Gary Payton II (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) goes to the basket next to Washington Wizards guard Gary Payton II (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Wizards knew they had to contain Young, and they pulled it off, limiting him to 19 points. Young missed all seven of his 3-point attempts in Washington’s 111-101 win over Atlanta.

Gary Payton II drew the assignment to guard Young, and he watched plenty of tape of Young’s terrific game Wednesday night. Payton signed with the injury-riddled Wizards on Dec. 23 and has started eight of his 10 games.

“Most of his shots come from 3s,” Payton said. “That’s how he gets going. We just tried to limit his 3s and make him take deep 3s. That’s what we did.”

Young has to carry much of the offensive burden for the Hawks (8-31), who have the worst record in the NBA, and lost for the 14th time in 16 games.

“Gary’s a really good defender,” Young said. “He’s obviously known for his defense. A lot of shots were self-inflicted. I couldn’t knock down shots. There were some shots that I had, and I had wide open layups that I just didn’t make.”

While Washington shot just 37.5%, they did some other things right. They grabbed 57 rebounds, including a season-high 19 offensive boards, and committed just nine turnovers, with only one in the final quarter.

The Wizards trailed 93-90 midway in the fourth quarter and outscored the Hawks 21-8 to secure the win.

Washington Wizards guard Jordan McRae (52) shoots next to Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards guard Jordan McRae (52) shoots next to Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Jordan McRae scored 29 points but shot just 10 for 26 and had a career-high eight rebounds and six assists. Troy Brown Jr. added 18 and 10 rebounds.

Atlanta (8-31), which has the worst record in the NBA, lost for the 14th time in 16 games. Trae Young, who had 42 points in a defeat to Houston on Wednesday, led the Hawks with 19 points.

John Collins had his second straight double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds for Atlanta, and Alex Len had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

 
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