Trae Young joined Michael Jordan as the only guest player with three straight 30-point games at Madison Square Garden in the playoffs after leading Atlanta to a solid Game 5 win to seal the series in New York. Have become.
Trae Young continued his breakout postseason on Wednesday night, scoring 18 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter as the Atlanta Hawks scored a 103-89 win in Game 5 of their first-round series in New York Knicks eliminated.
The fifth-seeded Hawks, who won the final three games by a combined 42 points to win their first series since 2016, will face the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the conference semifinals. This series is starting from Sunday.
The 30-point game was the third game of the series for Young, who averaged 29.2 points per game and was the standout player throughout the series so far – despite becoming a pantomime villain to the raucous crowd at Madison Square Garden.
The Talisman of Atlanta said after bowing to the young point guard: “I know where we are. I know there’s a bunch of shows around this city. And I know what they do when the show’s over.”
Elsewhere Clint Capella (14 points, 15 rebounds) had a double-double for the Hawks, while D’Andre Hunter scored 15 points and John Collins added 13.
Julius Randall (23 points, 13 rebounds) posted a double-double as a resurgent season drew closer to the fourth-seeded Knicks, making the playoffs for the first time since 2013. RJ Barrett scored 17 points, Reggie Bullock and Alec Burke had 12 points each, and Emmanuel Quickley added 11 points.
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The final game showed the excitement that defined the series between the budding rivals. Knicks power forward Taj Gibson was whistled for a clear foul on Hunter late in the second, before a clash between the teams after three technical releases resulted in a first-half buzzer.
Randall collects a rebound for a miss by Young and throws the ball at Young. New York center Nerlens Noel rubbed shoulders with Young to knock the teams off the court before Solomon Hill collided with Noel, resulting in the pair going nose-to-nose.
The Hawks took the lead for good on Collins’ 3-pointer at 36-33, with 5:21 left in the first half. That basket opened to a 19-12 run with Young scoring seven points as Atlanta took their biggest first-half lead at 52-45 with 54.6 seconds.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored five points in the 9–0 run to give the Hawks their first double-digit lead at 62–50 in the third. The Knicks drew a handful of times within nine points, with Randall remaining 3:45 on the reverse layup last, but Atlanta scored the next seven points to lead 74–58.
Young almost single-handedly dispelled any doubts by scoring all but one point in the 8-1 run, giving the Hawks a 7:12 lead in the game to 87-71. Atlanta led twice as many as 19 and closed the game in solid fashion.
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