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Rookie Young scores 35, Hawks rout LeBron-less Cavs 133-111

CLEVELAND (AP) Trae Young got doused with a bucket of ice water after his third NBA game.

The Cavaliers couldn't do anything to cool off Atlanta's rookie guard.

Young scored 35 points with 11 assists - the best line for a first-year player since Steph Curry in 2010 - and Kent Bazemore scored 23 as the Hawks rolled to an easy 133-111 win on Sunday over Cleveland, which lost its home opener and fell to 0-3 as it re-adjusts to life without LeBron James.

The No. 5 overall pick in this year's draft, Young shook off a slow start and showed why the Hawks believe he's a future superstar. Afterward, Young was targeted by teammates after they soaked coach Lloyd Pierce following his first win.

''It was super cold,'' Young said with a smile after his shocking bath. ''I thought it would just be Coach Pierce because he had his first win, but it was all right. I'll take it.''

Young was also unaware he matched Curry, who twice scored at least 35 with 10 assists in his first season with Golden State. And just three games into the season, Young has 79 more chances to do it again.

''Now that we know what he's capable of we'll be expecting a little bit more,'' Bazemore joked.

The Hawks made a team record 22 3-pointers, including 10 while scoring 41 in the fourth quarter, to blow open the game and send Cleveland fans home early with many shaking their heads on the way out.

Jordan Clarkson scored 19 and Kevin Love had 16 with 17 rebounds for the Cavs, who could be in for a very long season post LeBron.

Cleveland's issues appear to be far deeper than no longer having the game's best player. The Cavs aren't playing professional level defense and have given up 116, 131 and 133 points in their first three games.

''We didn't expect to be 0-3,'' said Love, who was asked if he was alarmed by the performance. ''On opening night at home, we expect to play better in front of our own fans. I don't know if alarming is the right word, but it sure seems right, right now. Our effort level just wasn't there. It's just going to be a growth year for us. We've got to get better.''

While wearing neon green sneakers, Young showed plenty of flash in his game.

He made 6 of 7 shots and scored 18 in the second quarter, helping the Hawks erase a 15-point lead and go up 64-60 at halftime.

''Trae is fearless,'' Bazemore said. ''Even in the practices earlier in the summer he came in and established himself right away. That's what you have to respect. A young guy that comes in, he's not bashful, he's not shy and who has that kind of caliber talent, he's going to have ups and downs. I'm proud of him as a teammate.''

It's a whole new ballgame in Cleveland without James, who carried the Cavs to four straight NBA Finals and a title in 2016 before leaving as a free agent - for the second time - in July for Los Angeles.

The Cavs are starting over, but believe they can still be competitive in the Eastern Conference.

Their pinning most of those hopes on Love, who signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension this summer. But he doesn't have much help and it could be a while before Sexton is ready to contribute.

Sexton came off the bench and scored four points on 2 of 11 shooting in 28 minutes. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue felt his young guard may have gotten caught up in his matchup with Young.

''He took it personal,'' Lue said. ''He was flying over screens to get there and that's not what we wanted to do.''

TIP-INS

Hawks: Atlanta had 32 assists on 48 field goals. ... Atlanta has 10 players with two years or less NBA experience. The Hawks' roster currently averages 3.64 years, a number that drops to 2.63 with the exclusion of Vince Carter, a 20-year veteran.

Cavaliers: Sexton was called for a Flagrant 1 foul in the second quarter for stepping under Bazemore, who was attempting a 3-pointer. ... Love went 6 of 19 and is 17 of 56 in three games.

MARQUEE MATCHUP

Young didn't take any satisfaction in beating Sexton.

''You look forward to playing anybody in your class,'' he said. ''Playing against him throughout high school, USA Basketball, things like that. You look forward to playing against guys you grew up with. I was looking to playing against Collin, but at the same time I look forward to playing against everybody.''

WELCOME BACK

Pierce was on familiar turf.

He began his coaching career in Cleveland, hired by Mike Brown in 2007. Pierce has former Cavs assistants Melvin Hunt and Chris Jent on his staff.

''It's somewhat surreal when you think about it starting here 12 years ago,'' Pierce said. ''We spent many days and afternoons here at the Q. A lot of credit to Mike and the opportunity he gave all of us.''

UP NEXT

Hawks: Host Dallas in their home opener on Wednesday.

Cavaliers: Host Brooklyn on Wednesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Alex Poythress 0:03
+ 3 Kevin Huerter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Poythress 0:17
+ 2 Ante Zizic made layup, assist by Jordan Clarkson 0:31
  Team rebound 0:41
  Omari Spellman missed jump shot 0:42
  Offensive foul on Ante Zizic 0:53
  Offensive foul on Ante Zizic 0:53
+ 2 DeAndre' Bembry made dunk 1:03
  Lost ball turnover on Sam Dekker, stolen by DeAndre' Bembry 1:04
  Offensive foul on Omari Spellman 1:13
  Offensive foul on Omari Spellman 1:13
Team Stats
Points 133 111
Field Goals 48-98 (49.0%) 46-99 (46.5%)
3-Pointers 22-47 (46.8%) 10-27 (37.0%)
Free Throws 15-19 (78.9%) 9-14 (64.3%)
Total Rebounds 53 59
Offensive 9 15
Defensive 35 34
Team 9 10
Assists 32 23
Steals 9 5
Blocks 7 2
Turnovers 12 18
Fouls 21 26
Technicals 2 0
35 PTS, 2 REB, 11 AST
16 PTS, 17 REB, 3 AST
1234T
away team logo Hawks 1-2 24402841133
home team logo Cavaliers 0-3 34262625111
Team Stats
away team logo Hawks 1-2 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Cavaliers 0-3 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Young PG 19.1 PPG 3.7 RPG 8.1 APG 41.8 FG%
J. Clarkson PG 16.8 PPG 3.3 RPG 2.4 APG 44.8 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Young PG 35 PTS 2 REB 11 AST
J. Clarkson PG 19 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
49.0 FG% 46.5
46.8 3PT FG% 37.0
78.9 FT% 64.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Young 35 2 11 13/23 6/14 3/3 2 37 1 0 1 0 2 +19 59
K. Bazemore 23 5 4 7/13 4/8 5/5 1 32 1 1 2 1 4 +16 36
A. Len 16 11 4 7/12 0/1 2/2 3 32 0 4 1 2 9 +19 38
T. Waller-Prince 14 6 1 5/16 1/6 3/3 3 25 2 1 2 1 5 +7 23
V. Carter 3 0 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 12 1 0 1 0 0 -8 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Young 35 2 11 13/23 6/14 3/3 2 37 1 0 1 0 2 +19 59
K. Bazemore 23 5 4 7/13 4/8 5/5 1 32 1 1 2 1 4 +16 36
A. Len 16 11 4 7/12 0/1 2/2 3 32 0 4 1 2 9 +19 38
T. Waller-Prince 14 6 1 5/16 1/6 3/3 3 25 2 1 2 1 5 +7 23
V. Carter 3 0 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 12 1 0 1 0 0 -8 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
O. Spellman 17 1 1 6/9 4/5 1/2 4 23 0 0 2 0 1 +15 18
D. Bembry 13 3 1 5/8 3/4 0/2 1 16 2 0 1 1 2 +11 19
K. Huerter 9 10 4 3/8 3/5 0/0 3 25 2 1 0 3 7 +18 30
A. Poythress 3 5 4 1/3 0/1 1/2 3 23 0 0 1 1 4 +6 15
J. Lin 0 1 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 1 9 0 0 1 0 1 +6 0
J. Adams 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 +1 0
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dedmon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Dorsey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Collins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 133 44 32 48/98 22/47 15/19 21 235 9 7 12 9 35 +110 245
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Hill 16 0 3 7/9 2/2 0/0 2 27 1 0 1 0 0 +4 22
K. Love 16 17 3 6/19 1/8 3/4 3 33 1 0 3 6 11 -13 37
R. Hood 13 3 3 6/12 1/3 0/0 3 26 0 0 1 0 3 0 21
C. Osman 12 3 4 5/15 2/6 0/0 2 39 1 1 5 0 3 -22 20
T. Thompson 11 9 1 5/6 0/0 1/2 4 27 1 1 1 3 6 0 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Hill 16 0 3 7/9 2/2 0/0 2 27 1 0 1 0 0 +4 22
K. Love 16 17 3 6/19 1/8 3/4 3 33 1 0 3 6 11 -13 37
R. Hood 13 3 3 6/12 1/3 0/0 3 26 0 0 1 0 3 0 21
C. Osman 12 3 4 5/15 2/6 0/0 2 39 1 1 5 0 3 -22 20
T. Thompson 11 9 1 5/6 0/0 1/2 4 27 1 1 1 3 6 0 23
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Clarkson 19 3 2 7/12 3/5 2/3 2 23 0 0 1 0 3 -25 25
L. Nance Jr. 9 4 4 3/6 0/0 3/5 3 17 0 0 1 2 2 -18 20
S. Dekker 7 5 1 3/5 1/2 0/0 1 14 1 0 1 1 4 -9 14
A. Zizic 4 3 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 2 2 1 -4 5
C. Sexton 4 2 2 2/11 0/1 0/0 4 27 0 0 2 1 1 -23 8
J. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Nwaba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Preston - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Korver - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Frye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 111 49 23 46/99 10/27 9/14 26 236 5 2 18 15 34 -110 195