Collins leads Hawks past Nuggets 106-98

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 09, 2018 11:26 AM
Collins leads Hawks past Nuggets 106-98
Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) dunks against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

By Matt Winkeljohn, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — John Collins scored a career-high 30 points and reserves Vince Carter and DeAndre' Bembry fueled a third-quarter rally that helped the Atlanta Hawks beat the Denver Nuggets 106-98 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).

Atlanta (6-20) snapped a four-game losing streak. Collins also had 12 rebounds and five assists.

The Hawks lost 138-93 at Denver on Nov. 15 (Nov. 16, PHL time), and the Nuggets also controlled Saturday night's (Sunday, PHL time) game early on. But they faded in the finale of a five-game trip.

Nikola Jokic had 24 points and 11 rebounds, but Denver (17-9) dropped games on back-to-back nights for the first time all season after sweeping the first three situations. Juancho Hernangomez finished with 17 points and 10 boards.

The Nuggets were coming off a 113-107 loss at Charlotte on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

Rookie Trae Young scored on a driving lineup with 8:28 to go in the third to give Atlanta a 61-60 lead, and the Hawks increased their lead to 84-72 on a driving layup by Bembry with 58 seconds left in the quarter.

Carter scored 11 of his 13 points in the third, and the Hawks outscored the Nuggets 35-21 to take an 86-77 lead into the fourth.


Nuggets: F Paul Millsap was held out after he fractured his right big toe in Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) loss. High-scoring guards Will Barton (right hip/core) and Gary Harris (right hip) also were out ... Mason Plumlee scored six points for Denver but missed the chance to play against his brother Miles, whose sore knee kept him out of action for the Hawks.

Hawks: Backup PG Jeremy Lin was sidelined by a lower back strain. Fs Taurean Prince (left ankle sprain) and Omari Spellman (right hip) also were out.


Nuggets: Return home to play the Grizzlies on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).

Hawks: Visit the Mavericks on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Atlanta beat Dallas 111-104 on Oct. 24 (Oct. 25, PHL time).

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