Trae Young, Hawks make history amid red-hot streak
The victory was the seventh straight game the Hawks have won by 10 or more points—the longest streak in franchise history. The historic winning run dates back to November 15 when the Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks by a 20-point deficit. Between that game and their recent Grizzlies win, the Atlanta side have beaten the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder, and San Antonio Spurs. Prior to the start of this winning streak, the Hawks were on a 6-game losing streak.
Young’s performances have contributed to this newfound dominance in Atlanta. On Friday night, Young demonstrated yet again why he is one of the most dangerous point guards in the league. In only 27 minutes of game time, Young managed to record 31 points and 10 assists. To highlight the quality of the achievement, only three players since the ABA-NBA merger have managed a 30-point and 10-assist game in less time. This kind of performance had been coming for Trae, who put up 31 points and 11 assists in 30 minutes in the Hawks’ last game.
The Atlanta Hawks are now 7th in the Eastern Conference standings. Despite already making history, they will hope to extend their ruthless win streak against the New York Knicks. With more historic Trae Young performances like that against the Grizzlies, it remains a very real possibility.