Hawks star Trae Young destroys 30-year-old playoff record as Atlanta take down Sixers in Game 4
The Atlanta Hawks came up with a huge victory on Monday night as they took down the Philadelphia 76ers to tie the series at 2-2. Trae Young had another immaculate performance for Atlanta, as the All-Star point guard made a bit of history in leading his team to victory.
Young finished with 25 points and a playoff career-high 18 assists en route to making his mark in the history books (via StatMuse).
Trae Young tonight:
18 AST (playoff career-high)
That’s the most assists in a playoff game by a 25-point scorer since Tim Hardaway in 1991. pic.twitter.com/2unsqmaE5p
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 15, 2021
Not only did Young manage to score a game-high 25 points, but he was also able to set a career playoff best 18 dimes. Needless to say, the Hawks star was absolutely on point in Game 4. As the factoid above points out, the last time we saw a stat line such as this in the postseason was three decades ago. Tim Hardaway Sr. was the man behind that record, and for a bit of perspective, his son is now playing in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks.
This is exactly what the Hawks needed from Trae Young after the Sixers stole Game 3 on Atlanta’s home floor. We’re now back to square one with the series tied at two games apiece. It is worth noting, however, that the Sixers will now have homecourt advantage for the rest of the series. Games 5 and 7 (if necessary) will be held in Philly.
Young and the Hawks have been nothing short of amazing in what has been a memorable playoff run. They are now a couple of wins away from booking their place in the Eastern Conference Finals—something that seemed completely absurd a few months ago.