Hawks guard Trae Young pulled off an incredible game-winning shot Saturday with less than a second remaining, giving his team a 129-127 win over the 76ers.
Young grabbed an inbound pass from Kevin Huerter with less than four seconds to go and dribbled past 76ers’ Jimmy Butler toward the free-throw line. He then made a jumper with 0.1 seconds left in the game.
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Young explained the sequence following the game after he scored 32 points with 11 assists to end the 76ers’ six-game winning streak.
“Those are the type of plays you live for, with the clock counting down,” Young said, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I just wanted to get to my strong suit and get to my pull-up, that mid-range floater I have.”
76ers coach Brett Brown took notice of Young’s performance, calling him “unique,” while Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce praised the rookie.
“We rely on him a lot and he delivers a lot. I don’t know if anyone has played better basketball in their rookie season than he is or anyone else over the last couple of years,” Pierce said.
“The stuff he is doing — facilitating, he has played in every single game and he has performed. He has been our go-to guy down the stretch. I just think there is a lot to be said about our growth as a team and how we’ve progressed and teams we’ve beat and how we’ve played as the season has gone on and he’s been a major part of that.”
Young was selected by the Mavericks No. 5 overall out of the 2018 draft, but was then traded to Atlanta in exchange for the No. 3 pick and a 2019 first-round pick. Young is averaging 18.7 points and has had five games with at least 30 points and 10 assists.