Hawks stage comeback to defeat Wembanyama and Sochan, extending Spurs’ losing streak to 13
Thursday night, the Atlanta Hawks secured victory against the San Antonio Spurs after a defensive stop by Trae Young in the final seconds. Young achieved a season-high 45 points, drawing a charge from Jeremy Sochan, ensuring a 137-135 win – The Spurs’ 13th consecutive loss in the NBA. Quin Snyder, the Atlanta coach, praised Young’s defensive play, calling it a “big-time” action that overshadowed his spectacular offensive performance. Young’s strong display against Sochan overshadowed his career-high 33 points and Victor Wembanyama’s 21 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks for San Antonio. Young defended his decision to take a crucial charge, saying “Trae” taking a charge at the end of the game, it’s a big time play. Young expressed it was a crucial action. Gregg Popovich, the San Antonio coach revealed his disappointment, realizing that “Trae had his way.” Atlanta guard Dejounte Murray had 24 points against his former team and Devin Vassell added 25 points. Keldon Johnson contributed 22 points for San Antonio. San Antonio again fell short despite Sochan’s 11-for-13 field performance, extending their losing streak. The Spurs led by 15 points early in the game, and scored 16-7 in the first four minutes. However, Atlanta only had six fouls in the fourth while limiting San Antonio to seven free throws in the period, sealing the win. Murray entered the game averaging 20.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists against the team, which selected him in the 2016 NBA Draft. Doug McDermott missed the game due to illness, and his jersey will be retired by Creighton University. The Hawks and Spurs have demanding fixtures ahead, and both would seek to return to winning ways.