For the 8-seed, the Hawks will play Cleveland on the Hornets

For the 8-seed, the Hawks will play Cleveland on the Hornets ...

On Wednesday night, the Hawks and Hornets experienced a somewhat more dramatic experience than their previous match in postseason basketball. That's a really good thing for the Hawks, who are looking to claw their way back to the 8-seed after a stunning run to the Eastern Conference Finals, and a bad thing for the Hornets, who for the second year in a row fell flat in the play-in tournament.

Charlotte started well, but after an early run put them on top, the Hawks settled in against the Hornets' defense and started shooting heavily. Kevin Huerter got loose and provided some much needed shot as Charlotte doubled Trae Young out of the gates, successfully slowing down Young's score, but asked the Hawks others to defeat him, which they happily obliged.

Kevin Play-in

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Because of Charlotte's efforts in selling out to prevent Young from getting rid of clean looks at the basket, Young struggled to score the ball efficiently.

The whole thing - no-look -

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Trae loathes to Kev, but we like it.

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Trae draws four (4) defenders before he loses the game.

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Young finished the game with 24 points on 8-of-24 shooting to go along with ten assists on the night. In the first half, Huerter found his stroke, but De'Andre Hunter scored the most impressive effort of the night for Atlanta, scoring 22 points and seven assists, causing the Hawks to struggle well in the third quarter. In the same period, the Hawks led a 42-24 quarter.

Dre putting his stamp on this one

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In the third quarter, Deandre Hunter has gained up to 16 points (7/8 FGM).

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The Hawks led the Hornets to a 132-103 victory, and the pain of the loss seemed to wear on them, resulting in Miles Bridges' argument for arguing a goaltending call that ended in an unsettling encounter when he fouled his mouthguard at a Hawks fan mocking him as he walked into the tunnel and hit a girl in the face.

After pledging this goaltend call, Miles Bridges was dismissed.

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The Hornets, who for the second year in a row finish their season in dreadful ways in the play-in tournament, were simply not a good night, and it will be back to the drawing board for the whole team in attempting to develop a roster that will be stronger next year.

Atlanta appears to be peaking at the right time once more, but they will need to make another impressive comeback on Friday night when they face the Cavs for the eighth seed and a first round clash against the Miami Heat starting on Sunday.

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