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Collins leads Hawks past Nuggets 106-98

ATLANTA (AP) John Collins was most pleased that Atlanta avenged a blowout loss to Denver.

Collins scored a career-high 30 points, and Vince Carter and DeAndre' Bembry came off the bench to fuel a third-quarter rally that helped the Hawks beat the Nuggets 106-98 on Saturday night.

Collins thought back to a 138-93 loss to the Nuggets last month.

''It's very important when you're going against a team like that runs almost every offensive set they have through him,'' Collins said. ''It's very important to stay aggressive and make every touch as tough as possible.''

Collins added 12 rebounds and five assists and played Denver center Nikola Jokic at least evenly although they were not always matched up.

Jokic had 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, but in closing a five-game trip with the final four games in the Eastern time zone, the injury-riddled Nuggets ran out of gas and faded while watching a 56-51 halftime lead vanish in Atlanta's 35-21 third quarter.

The Hawks (6-20) snapped a four-game losing streak.

''They came out in the third quarter and beat our butts,'' said Denver coach Jeff Malone. ''The third quarter our defense was non-existent. This was one of our worst performances of the year.''

Denver (17-9) dropped games on back-to-back nights for the first time all season after sweeping the first three situations. The Nuggets fell 113-107 Friday in Charlotte. Juancho Hernangomez pitched in 17 points and 10 rebounds for Denver.

The Nuggets were in charge most the first half, especially in the first quarter as Jokic scored 15 points, but rookie guard Trae Young scored on a driving lineup with 8:28 to go in the third quarter to give the Hawks a 61-60 lead. Atlanta built the margin to 84-72 on a driving layup by Bembry with 58 seconds left in the period.

Carter scored 11 of his 13 points in the third, when Bembry added eight of his 18 and the Hawks took a 86-77 lead into the fourth quarter. Atlanta made 13-of-22 shots in the period, including 8-of-12 3-pointers.

Atlanta had a 31-23 rebounding edge in the second half, and center Dewayne Dedmon grabbed 11 boards.

''I thought John and Dewayne really set the tone, our two bigs, on the boards,'' said Hawks first-year head coach Lloyd Pierce. ''To control the boards against a team like this really helped us get out and run.''

TIP-INS

Nuggets: It's not hard to see how they lost. Denver shot just 29.4 percent in the second half while making 15-of-51 shots. . . . Mason Plumlee scored six points off the bench for the Nuggets, but missed the chance to play against his brother Miles, whose sore knee kept him out of action for the Hawks.

Hawks: Played without backup G Jeremy Lin (lower back strain) and Fs Taurean Prince (left ankle sprain) and Omari Spellman (right hip).

BEAT UP AND BRUISED

Denver went without starting forward Paul Millsap for the first time since he fractured his right big toe Friday at Charlotte, and guard Jamal Murray left the game when kicked in an already sore shin. Also, high-scoring guards Will Barton (right hip/core) and Gary Harris (right hip) remained sideline for Denver.

MOVING IT AROUND

The Hawks had 33 assists, one short of their season high, as forward Kent Bazemore tied his career high with eight dimes. He was more impressed by Collins. ''The future is very bright for John,'' Bazemore said of the second-year forward from Wake Forest who has scored 19, 24, 26 and 30 points in the past four games.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Return home to play the Grizzlies Monday.

Hawks: Wednesday at the Mavericks, whom Atlanta beat 111-104 on Oct. 24.

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Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
J. Collins
20 PF
27.4 Min. Per Game 27.4
16.9 Pts. Per Game 16.9
2.4 Ast. Per Game 2.4
7.9 Reb. Per Game 7.9
47.0 Field Goal % 62.2
46.4 Three Point % 62.0
82.7 Free Throw % 77.4
+ 1 Malik Beasley made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Malik Beasley made 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Malik Beasley made 1st of 2 free throws 0:03
  Flagrant foul on John Collins 0:02
  Lost ball turnover on Kent Bazemore, stolen by Malik Beasley 0:04
  Defensive rebound by Kent Bazemore 0:07
  Malik Beasley missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:10
  Out of bounds turnover on Trae Young 0:15
+ 3 Malik Beasley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Mason Plumlee 0:25
  Offensive rebound by Mason Plumlee 0:27
  Monte Morris missed driving layup, blocked by Kent Bazemore 0:31
Team Stats
Points 98 106
Field Goals 36-97 (37.1%) 40-93 (43.0%)
3-Pointers 9-36 (25.0%) 15-42 (35.7%)
Free Throws 17-21 (81.0%) 11-16 (68.8%)
Total Rebounds 61 62
Offensive 11 9
Defensive 37 42
Team 13 11
Assists 28 33
Steals 11 9
Blocks 4 11
Turnovers 15 18
Fouls 16 24
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 11 REB, 7 AST
30 PTS, 12 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Nuggets 17-9 3521212198
home team logo Hawks 6-20 25263520106
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 17-9 110.0 PPG 47.2 RPG 26.8 APG
home team logo Hawks 6-20 107.9 PPG 43.8 RPG 24.8 APG
Key Players
N. Jokic C 17.1 PPG 9.8 RPG 7.6 APG 47.7 FG%
J. Collins PF 18.1 PPG 8.3 RPG 2.6 APG 62.2 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Jokic C 24 PTS 11 REB 7 AST
J. Collins PF 30 PTS 12 REB 5 AST
37.1 FG% 43.0
25.0 3PT FG% 35.7
81.0 FT% 68.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Jokic 32 24 11 7 2 0 1 1 9/17 0/2 6/7 4 7 50 -6
J. Hernangomez 40 17 10 1 0 1 0 2 5/12 3/7 4/5 2 8 30 +2
T. Lyles 38 9 10 2 1 1 1 3 2/13 1/7 4/4 1 9 24 -7
T. Craig 31 9 5 3 0 2 3 4 4/11 0/3 1/3 0 5 19 -2
J. Murray 24 4 6 3 0 0 2 1 2/9 0/1 0/0 1 5 14 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Jokic 32 24 11 7 2 0 1 1 9/17 0/2 6/7 4 7 50 -6
J. Hernangomez 40 17 10 1 0 1 0 2 5/12 3/7 4/5 2 8 30 +2
T. Lyles 38 9 10 2 1 1 1 3 2/13 1/7 4/4 1 9 24 -7
T. Craig 31 9 5 3 0 2 3 4 4/11 0/3 1/3 0 5 19 -2
J. Murray 24 4 6 3 0 0 2 1 2/9 0/1 0/0 1 5 14 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Beasley 23 19 1 0 2 0 0 0 7/16 3/9 2/2 0 1 22 -10
M. Morris 30 10 2 7 5 0 3 3 4/14 2/7 0/0 1 1 28 -9
M. Plumlee 19 6 3 5 1 0 5 2 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 1 15 0
P. Millsap - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Barton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Goodwin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Akoon-Purcell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Welsh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Vanderbilt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 98 48 28 11 4 15 16 36/97 9/36 17/21 11 37 202 -40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Collins 33 30 12 5 0 1 1 2 12/20 3/6 3/4 3 9 52 +5
T. Young 32 9 2 4 0 1 4 3 3/12 1/2 2/3 1 1 16 +3
K. Huerter 36 8 2 4 2 1 1 0 3/8 2/6 0/0 0 2 20 +13
K. Bazemore 32 7 6 8 3 2 5 2 2/10 2/8 1/2 0 6 29 +2
D. Dedmon 29 6 11 4 2 2 2 4 2/5 0/1 2/2 1 10 27 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Collins 33 30 12 5 0 1 1 2 12/20 3/6 3/4 3 9 52 +5
T. Young 32 9 2 4 0 1 4 3 3/12 1/2 2/3 1 1 16 +3
K. Huerter 36 8 2 4 2 1 1 0 3/8 2/6 0/0 0 2 20 +13
K. Bazemore 32 7 6 8 3 2 5 2 2/10 2/8 1/2 0 6 29 +2
D. Dedmon 29 6 11 4 2 2 2 4 2/5 0/1 2/2 1 10 27 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Bembry 19 18 3 5 1 3 1 3 6/9 3/4 3/5 0 3 34 +1
V. Carter 16 13 3 1 0 0 1 2 5/10 3/7 0/0 1 2 17 +2
T. Dorsey 15 7 5 1 1 0 2 2 3/8 1/4 0/0 1 4 13 +7
A. Len 16 6 4 0 0 1 1 4 3/9 0/3 0/0 1 3 10 +7
J. Anderson 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 1 4 +3
J. Adams 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -5
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Waller-Prince - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Spellman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 106 51 33 9 11 18 24 40/93 15/42 11/16 9 42 225 +40