Friday, September 18, 2020

Trae Young scores career-high 50, gets last laugh on Jimmy Butler

9:45 PM CT

  • ESPN News Services

ATLANTA — Trae Young didn’t attribute his first 50-point game to confidence gained from his first All-Star start.

Belief in himself has never been a problem for the high-scoring guard with a fondness for 30-foot jumpers.

Young had a career-high 50 points and the Atlanta Hawks scored the final 10 points of the game to beat the Miami Heat 129-124 on Thursday night.

Young made 18 of 19 free throws and 8 of 15 3-pointers to set his scoring high in his first game after starting in the All-Star Game. “I’ve always had confidence in myself,” Young said when asked if he was boosted by the All-Star Game experience.

Young scored 20 points in the final period. It was the third time this season that he scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, breaking a tie with Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine for the most 20-point fourth quarters this season.

“A big game from our leader,” Atlanta’s John Collins said. “We got some big plays from our big-time guy.”The Heat had no answer for Young’s barrage of 3-pointers, many from well beyond the line.

“He just got into such an incredible rhythm,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’s pulling up from 6 feet behind the line. … There’s not a lot of things you can do about that.”

According to ESPN Stats & Information, only three players in NBA history have scored 50 points at a younger age than Young: Devin BookerLeBron James (three times) and Brandon Jennings. Young also broke a tie with Shaquille O’Neal for most 40-point games by a player in his first two seasons in the NBA since the 1976-77 merger with his 11th such game.

The performance was a bit of redemption for Young, who in December prematurely celebrated what he thought was a sure win over the Heat by proclaiming, “It’s over!” before the Hawks promptly blew a six-point lead in the final minute and lost in overtime.

Young acknowledged the mistake at the time, but that didn’t stop Heat star Jimmy Butler from taking a jab at him on social media, posting, “This man @traeyoung is a teller of the future. he was right. game WAS over!”

Young didn’t forget Thursday night.

…and FYI @JimmyButler was right, I can see the future… I saw tonight happening awhile ago🤷🏽♂️

— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) February 21, 2020

 

Bam Adebayo had 28 points and a season-high 19 rebounds for Miami. Adebayo, the NBA All-Star skills champion, also had seven assists. Miami couldn’t hold a 124-119 lead. After De’Andre Hunter‘s tying 3-pointer, Cam Reddish scored with 31 seconds left following his steal from Goran Dragic to give the Hawks a 126-124 lead. Young’s two free throws increased the lead to four points.

Kevin Huerter and Hunter each scored 17 points for Atlanta. Young hit a jumper for Atlanta’s first field goal of the final period. On the Hawks’ next possession, Young’s crossover dribble had Andre Iguodala on his heels, and Young then sank a long 3-pointer to tie the score at 97.

“He’s shooting 50-footers,” Adebayo said. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to live with that.”

With Hawks fans still buzzing after watching Young’s knee-buckling fake on replays during a timeout, Iguodala answered with back-to-back baskets, including a 3-pointer, as Miami reclaimed the lead.

Young wasn’t finished. He kept the Hawks close by scoring 14 of Atlanta’s first 18 points of the final period. Young’s three-point play tied the score at 119.

Miami led 36-32 after the first period before a shooting drought in the second quarter as Atlanta took the lead with a 15-0 run. After trailing 41-37, Atlanta led 52-41 after the run, capped by Hunter’s 3-pointer.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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