NBA Game Recap - Atlanta at Oklahoma City
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:00 PM EST

MIL
116
CHA
103
F
BOS
109
ORL
98
F
MEM
125
DET
112
F
TOR
118
NY
112
F
ATL
111
OKC
140
F
HOU
131
MIN
124
F
LAC
122
MIA
117
F
SAC
98
CHI
81
F
DEN
113
NO
106
F
PHO
103
SA
99
F
IND
129
GS
118
F

Jan 24, 2020, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Atlanta (11-35)

30

28

32

21

111

Oklahoma City (27-19)

33

33

38

36

140

Gallinari scores 25, leads Thunder past Hawks 140-111
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:00 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) It's all coming together for Oklahoma City.

Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and the Thunder beat the Atlanta Hawks 140-111 on Friday night for their fourth straight win.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points and Dennis Schroder added 21 for the Thunder, who shot 58% from the field and posted a season-high point total.

It was another positive step for one of the league's surprise teams.

"Sometimes those kinds of underdog-type teams - there is not really one main guy, there's a lot of guys that really gel together," Atlanta guard Trae Young said. "Their chemistry's great. They just play well off of each other, and that's what I think they have here."

Young, who was named an All-Star starter on Thursday, had 26 points and a season-high 16 assists. John Collins scored 28 points and Cam Reddish 20 for the Hawks.

Young grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, and played a season of college ball at the University of Oklahoma, about a 30-minute drive south of Chesapeake Energy Arena. He grew up a Thunder fan, and he made a special effort to connect with their fans on Friday.

"It feels good," Young said. "I was that kid coming back when there was 90 minutes on the clock as soon as the doors open and try to get down there and watch players warm up. So for me, working out with 90 minutes on the clock and then being back home, I just wanted to sign as many autographs as I could."

He was greeted warmly by those fans during pregame introductions.

"What's the coolest part, too, is to see the way the fans went crazy for him when they heard his name, as they should," Thunder guard Chris Paul said. "He's homegrown. Mr. Oklahoma, and he deserves it, and to be in the All Star game as a starter is unbelievable."

Young's shot was cold early. The league's No. 3 scorer went scoreless until he made a free throw with 5:33 left in the second quarter. His first field goal came with 4:11 left in the second.

The Thunder led 66-58 at halftime. Young scored 11 points on 2-of-10 shooting before the break, and had eight assists.

The Thunder extended their lead to 104-90 by the end of the third quarter, and the game was never close in the fourth. Oklahoma City's largest lead was 33 points.

"We picked up our defense, especially in the fourth quarter," Paul said. "Our coach got on us at halftime about our defense and intensity and he was right. You know that team right there, even though their record isn't that great, they beat some really good teams because you let them hang around. They are NBA players just like us, so we picked up our defense, and I think that sparked our offense also."

TIP-INS

Hawks: G/F DeAndre' Bembry underwent a non-surgical procedure on his right hand Friday to address nerve inflammation and was not with the team. The Hawks said they will reassess his status before Sunday's game against the Washington Wizards. He averages 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. ... Young missed Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a right thigh contusion.

Thunder: Were without starters Steven Adams and Terrance Ferguson. Adams, a center, was out for the second straight game with a left ankle sprain. He is averaging 11.3 points and 9.7 rebounds. Ferguson sat for personal reasons for the third straight game. He missed the game before those with an illness. ... Reserve F Abdel Nader sat out with a left ankle sprain. ... Paul hit a 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer to put Oklahoma City up 33-30.

STAT LINES

Young missed his first six shots before going 7 for 14 the rest of the game. He made 10 of 12 free throws. His 16 assists were one short of his career high set last season.

"The only shots that I made were the crazy shots, and that's when you know it's just not your night," he said. "I was able to get everybody involved though, which was good, but couldn't get the shots to fall tonight."

BALANCED OKC

The Thunder had six players score in double figures. In addition to Gallinari, Gilgeous-Alexander and Schroder, Paul scored 18 points, Darius Bazley scored 11 and Nerlens Noel added 10.

RESPECT

The crowd also had warm greetings for Atlanta veteran Vince Carter when he checked into the game for the first time in the third quarter and when he checked out for good in the fourth.

QUOTABLE

Young, on drawing a foul from Paul on his famous rip move: "I told him that I got it from him," Young said. "That's something I've watched CP do to everybody in this league, and it's something I've learned from CP. I just remember learning it from him from camps."

UP NEXT

Hawks: Host Washington on Sunday.

Thunder: At Minnesota on Saturday.

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Leaders

Atlanta PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Len 0 4 0 4 1 3
T. Graham 0 -6 0 0 0 0
Oklahoma City PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Hervey 0 1 0 0 0 0
D. Gallinari 25 10 3 6 1 0

Team Comparison

ATL OKC
Points For 111 140
Field Goals 42/92-46% 50/86-58%
Three Pointers 11/36-31% 14/25-56%
Free Throws 16/20-80% 26/34-76%
Offensive Rebounds 10 6
Defensive Rebounds 27 39
Rebounds 41 57
Blocks 7 5
Steals 6 6
Turnovers 11 14
Points Scored Off Turnovers 16 13
Points in the Paint 52 62
Fast Break Points 8 8
Personal Fouls 27 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - OKC Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Jan 24 ATL 111 @ OKC 140 V. Carter 2 D. Burton 3

Game Information

Stadium: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,203
Game Time: 2:10