Trae Young had a career-high 48 points as he led the Atlanta Hawks to a Game 1 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night.
The Hawks defeated the Bucks, 116-113, and it looks like Young is once again in rare form just one game into the series.
Along with the 48 points, Young had 11 assists and six rebounds. He shot 50 percent from the floor.
He also set social media on fire. For instance …
Yep, Young had his seventh game of at least 30 points in this postseason, and in doing so joined LeBron James and Amar’e Stoudemire as the only other NBA players to do it at age 22 or younger.
He also became the first player to do that six times on the road in his first NBA postseason.
In the third quarter, as the Hawks were rallying to get back into the game, well, he actually shimmied — yes shoulder shimmied — before knocking down a 3-pointer.
By the end of the third quarter, Young had 37 points. And this beautiful pass to John Collins that looked like something out of an exhibition game.
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Young, the former Oklahoma star, is having a tremendous playoff debut in his third year in the NBA. Entering the Eastern Conference Finals, Young was averaging 29.1 points, 10.4 assists and 1.3 steals as he’s led the Hawks on their longest postseason run since reaching the 2015 Eastern Conference finals and losing to Cleveland.
The Hawks have actually been to the NBA Finals four times, but their last appearance was in 1961, when the franchise was in St. Louis. The Hawks are facing a Milwaukee team that has won just one NBA crown, which came in 1971. Milwaukee’s last NBA Finals appearance came in 1974.
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