4. Trae Young had another stellar (and efficient) night, scoring 37 points to go with seven assists. On this back-to-back, Young has averaged 43 points and 6.5 assists, shooting 59.1% from the field (26 of 44), 54.2% from 3-point range (13 of 24) and 95.5% from the line (21 of 22). Young has been transparent that his personal accolades mean little to him if the Hawks aren’t winning, though, and was frustrated (and motivated to get things turned around) after the loss: “I’m mad. It’s frustrating. Losing that much and losing that bad, it’s never acceptable. ... For me, I’m mad, and all I can do, all we can do as a team is change it on the court. We can’t really talk about it anymore.”
5. Defensive rebounding has been a problem for the Hawks, entering Saturday’s game tied for 26th in the league with 32.7 per game. Those problems continued, with the Rockets grabbing 52 rebounds (39 defensive, 13 offensive) to the Hawks’ 29 rebounds (21 defensive, 8 offensive). The Rockets tallied 20 second-chance points to the Hawks’ three.
By the numbers
16 of 24 (or 66.7%, what Harden shot from the field in just over 30 minutes)
“We’ve got to lock in better. I don’t like hearing ‘We’re too young, it’s a process,’ and all that. It is, and all that, but you still have to try and win games. And we’re capable of winning games. And that’s all that I’m thinking about.” (Trae Young on what the Hawks can do better moving forward)