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NBA: Clint Capela, Trae Young tandem put Atlanta Hawks above Indiana Pacers

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 34 points, Clint Capela had 25 points and 24 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers 129-117 on Sunday.

Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter each chipped in 23 points and Young had 11 assists for the Hawks, who have won eight of 10 and are 17-6 under interim coach Nate McMillan. Atlanta has won nine of 11 at home.

Malcolm Brogdon finished with 29 points and Domantas Sabonis and T.J. McConnell scored 18 apiece for Indiana, which had won five of seven on the road.

The Hawks, who led by 20 in the first quarter, let the Pacers cut the lead to three in the second but went back up by 10 on Bogdanovic’s 3 with 6:03 to go in the third.

Indiana was far from done, however, and pulled within one on T.J. McConnell’s fast-break layup at the 2:21 mark of the third. Miles Turner’s layup made it 89-88 before Huerter answered with a 3 in the final minute of the period.

Capela’s putback pushed the lead to eight with 9 minutes remaining before Sabonis’ hook shot forced a 105-all tie with 5:09 to go. After Bogdanovic hit a 3 to make it 115-109 at the 3:19 mark, Capela made it an eight-point lead less than a minute later. That essentially ended the game as the Hawks pushed the lead back to double digits in the final minute.

The Pacers, who began the day in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings, missed their first 10 attempts beyond the arc before Aaron Holiday hit one to cut the lead to 43-35.

The Hawks made it 30-10 on two free throws by Young at the 3:19 mark of the first. They ended the period up 12 points, but Indiana pulled to within three on Jeremy Lamb’s layup with 5:07 left in the second.

Atlanta made it 60-50 at the 1:28 mark on Capela’s fast-break layup. Capela had 16 points and 10 rebounds at the break and finished with his second 20-20 game this season and 10th of his career.

Young has 17 games with at least 30 points.

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