National Basketball Association
Atlanta 131, Cleveland 107
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, March 31, 2022
Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
#54 Ray Acosta, #23 Tre Maddox, #61 Courtney Kirkland
Trae Young put up 30 points and nine assists to help the Atlanta Hawks win their fourth straight game and clinch at worst a spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament with a 131-107 win over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.
Young shot 9-for-17 from the field, hitting four 3-pointers, and 8-for-8 at the line in only 28 minutes. It was the 32nd time that Young scored at least 30 points this season.
Atlanta (40-37) has won nine of its last 12 games to move into a tie with the idle Charlotte Hornets for the No. 9 spot in the East. Cleveland (42-35) has lost two straight and five of its last six.
The Hawks, who never trailed, won three of the four games against Cleveland this season.
Atlanta's Kevin Huerter scored 23 points, his fourth straight game with at least 20 points. Both Hawks centers had double-doubles: Clint Capela with 12 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, and Onyeka Okongwu with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Cleveland was led by Cedi Osman, who came off the bench to score 21. Darius Garland added 18 points and eight assists. Moses Brown tied a season high with 15 points and grabbed a season-best 13 rebounds.
Kevin Love made a pair of 3-pointers to pass Kyle Korver with the most treys off the bench in a single season in Cleveland history (154).
Atlanta had great success pounding the ball inside in the first quarter, as Capela had eight points and eight rebounds to help the Hawks jump out to a 36-28 lead.
Atlanta built the lead to 13 points on a floater by Okongwu at 8:21, and the Cavs cut the deficit to single digits one more time before the half, which Atlanta led 66-53.
The Hawks scored the first seven points of the third quarter to push the lead to 20 points and led by as many as 26 in the period.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Cedi Osman 21
Trae Young 30
Darius Garland 8
Trae Young 9
Moses Brown 13
Clint Capela 14
Moses Brown 5
||Free Throws Made
Trae Young 8
Caris LeVert 2
Clint Capela 2
Moses Brown 1
Clint Capela 3
Team Stats Summary
Atlanta will play their next game at home against Brooklyn. The Hawks have a W/L % of .525 after a win and .514 after a loss.
Cleveland will play their next game on the road against New York. The Cavaliers have a W/L % of .581 after a win and .500 after a loss.