NBA wrap: Trae Young leads Hawks to first win; Thunder falls in Russell Westbrook’s return

Trae Young led the Hawks to their first win of the season Sunday while the Thunder fell despite star Russell Westbrook’s return.

Young scored 35 points and dished out 11 assists in Atlanta’s 133-111 win over the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. He also knocked down six of his 14 3-point attempts.

“I’m glad we got this win,” Young told reporters after the game. “I’m excited with the way I played and the way my teammates helped me … I got a good rhythm early, felt good in warm-ups. When you see that ball go in a few times, you get into a rhythm.”

Atlanta (1-2) wing Kent Bazemore added 23 points while Kevin Love tallied 16 points and 17 rebounds for Cleveland (0-3).

The Thunder, on the other hand, were topped by the Kings 131-120 at home.

Westbrook made his 2018-19 debut after missing the first two games of the season as he continued to recover from a September knee procedure.

The 2017 MVP tallied 32 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out eight assists but it wasn’t enough for Oklahoma City (0-3) to come away with the win.

Seven players reached double-figure scoring totals for Sacramento (1-2).

Studs of the night

Iman Shumpert and De’Aaron Fox combined for 48 points and 14 rebounds in the Kings’ win over the Thunder.

Stephen Curry poured in a game-high 30 points in Golden State’s loss to Denver.

Duds of the night

Cavaliers rookie guard Collin Sexton shot 2-for-11 from the field and scored four points in his team’s loss to Atlanta.

Avery Bradley registered a minus-21 and recorded four points in the Clippers’ 115-112 win over the Rockets.


Juan Hernangomez blocked Damian Jones from behind to secure the Nuggets victory over the Warriors.

What’s next

Spurs (1-1) at Lakers (0-2) 10:30 p.m. ET – LeBron James will look to get his first win in a Lakers uniform Monday against the Spurs at the Staples Center. Los Angeles will be without guard Rajon Rondo and forward Brandon Ingram, who were both suspended for their roles in a scuffle with the Rockets on Saturday.