Trae Young is a superstar.
The 22-year-old point guard scored a game-high 48 points and added 11 assists in a stunning 116-113 come-from-behind upset victory against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
In the two-time MVP’s house, he outshined Giannis Antetokounmpo, who finished with 34 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and one-time All-Star veteran guard Jrue Holiday (33 points, 10 rebounds, five assists). After years of criticism for his statistics hunting and porous defense, Young has proven himself capable of being the best player on the court at every stage of the playoffs, and this one was no different.
The Bucks appeared to have the game in hand when Holiday followed three straight Antetokounmpo buckets with a 3-pointer that capped a 9-0 run to capture a 105-98 lead with 4:18 remaining. Finally, a heavily favored Milwaukee team had seized control of a game they should have won 100 times over.
Only, Young and John Collins had different ideas. They combined to score 17 of Atlanta’s final 19 points. Clint Capela’s put-back of a Young floater, which gave the Hawks a 112-111 lead they would not relinquish in the final 29.8 seconds, was the sole outlier. Young either scored or assisted 13 of Atlanta’s last 16 points.
Collins (23 points, 15 rebounds) and Capela (12 points, 19 rebounds) both registered monster double-doubles for the Hawks. Kevin Huerter (13 points) was Atlanta’s only other player to score in double figures.
The Bucks got 67 combined points from their two best players, scored 70 points in the paint and outscored their opponents’ quality depth off the bench, and yet the Hawks still managed to leave with the victory.
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