Hawks star Trae Young’s epic feat will put Doc Rivers to tears
After all, as Young finished with 25 points and a game-high 18 assists, he also matched a playoffs feat last done by Rivers himself with the Hawks. As CBS Sports highlighted, Young is the first Atlanta player since Rivers to have a 15-point, 15-assists game in the postseason.
Rivers achieved it way back in the 1988 playoffs, in Game 7 against the Boston Celtics. Doc finished with 16 points and 18 assists at the time, but Atlanta lost in heartbreaking fashion.
Trae Young is the first Hawks player with 15+ pts and 15+ assists in a playoff game since…
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Furthermore, Trae Young’s 18 assists is the second-most in franchise history–tying Doc Rivers’ postseason record. Interestingly, it was also the Sixers coach who owns the top record, having 22 assists in Game 4 of the said Boston series.
With the way Young is playing, though, he could very well end up breaking Rivers’ accomplishments with the franchise.
Adding insult to the injury, Ice Trae actually helped Atlanta erase an 18-point lead by the Sixers to get the 103-1100 victory. Young started off cold, making just three of his 112 field goal attempts in the first half, before exploding in the second and punishing the poor Sixers defense.
Young even scored the last six points for the Hawks to kill any hope of a last-second game-winner.