The Atlanta Hawks led by Trae Young edged past the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night.
The Atlanta Hawks prevailed over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Hawks edged out a 113-116 win over the stacked Bucks who have been tagged as the new favorites.
After their win against the Brooklyn Nets, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his men are currently the favorites to land the NBA Championship. Hence losing the first match was not something that the Bucks and their fans would enjoy.
It was a close and intense game right from the start and the Bucks were slightly ahead at the break. However, the Hawks came back with a bang in the third quarter to edge the game out. Nate McMillan’s team once again proved that they are a team full of stars made for the big stage.
The Hawks were led by Trae Young who had a stand out night scoring 48 points alongwith 11 assists. He was shooting a massive 50 percent from the field but only around 30 percent from behind the arc. However, he compensated for it by converting 10 out of 12 free throws.
Trae Young’s explosive performance on Conference finals debut lands him in elite company
Ice Trae had a fantastic game and he was also feeling. It was like he was having fun while drilling in those threes against a heavyweight team like the Bucks.
The point guard came up with a shimmy before dropping down a three which made Antetokounmpo very annoyed. It was like Young was toying with the Bucks.
Trae Young finished with 48 points, tying LeBron James for the most by a player at age 22 or younger in a Conference or Division Finals game.
LeBron had 48 against the Pistons in Game 5 of the 2007 Conference Finals pic.twitter.com/Q5pg0Kede5
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 24, 2021
According to ESPN, Trae Young’s 48 points match is tied with LeBron James for most by a player at age 22 or younger in a Conference Finals. LeBron scored 48 points way back in 2007 against the Detroit Pistons in the Conference finals.
The most points scored in a postseason game in NBA history before turning 23 years old:
◻️ Kobe Bryant: 48 points on 05/13/2001
◻️ LeBron James: 48 points on 05/31/2007
◻️ Trae Young: 48 points on 06/23/2021
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) June 24, 2021
He also joins Kobe Bryant and LeBron James for most points scored in the NBA postseason before turning 23. The Mamba scored it against the Sacramento Kings back in May 2001.
Therefore it is safe to say that Trae Young’s has arrived and it was clear from his performance on the night which was apparently his Conference final debut.