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Nuggets coach Michael Malone reacts to Hawks guard Trae Young’s 42 points, says he’s ‘Damian Lillard 2.0’


Trae Young continued his scorching start to the 2019-20 season by leading the Atlanta Hawks to an impressive 125-121 road victory over the Denver Nuggets. Young torched the Nuggets for 42 points on 13-of-21 shooting and eight three-pointers. Nuggets head coach Michael Malone had no choice but to tip his hat the sophomore sensation, and even compared him to Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, via Sarah Spencer of AJC.

Ice Trae was feeling it all night long, hitting crazy three-pointers from area codes where only the likes of Dame Lillard or Steph Curry can pull-up. He even pulled off an awesome nutmeg leading to a jumper on the baseline that splashed through the net.

Young dropped 15 of his 42 points in the final period to help the Hawks fend off the Nuggets and escape with the win. Likewise, he scored 14 points and made four three-pointers in the second quarter as Atlanta pulled away in the period.

To go with his season-high 42 points, Young also added four rebounds and 11 assists, and made 8-of-11 from the free-throw line.

As Malone said, it’s not as if Young only made his long balls against the Nuggets last night. He’s been making those bombs consistently through this early part of the season.

Obviously, the 21-year old’s confidence is at an all-time high with the way he’s started his second year in the NBA. Through nine games – including the one where he rolled his ankle and played just 11 minutes – Young is averaging 28.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and 1.6 steals, while shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from three (on 9.1 attempts per game).

Young is playing like an absolute superstar right now. He’s only 21 and he’s only going to get better from here on out.