Trae Young-led 16-point Hawks comeback was a miracle from the basketball gods
The Atlanta Hawks faced off against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night and trailed for much of the game, including being down 16 points with under six minutes to play. Trae Young and company, however, came back and won by a final margin of 115 to 112.
The staggering comeback of the Hawks defied heavy odds, as stated by ESPN Statistics and Information.
The Hawks trailed 106-90 with just under 6 minutes remaining before coming back to win 115-112 vs the Magic.
Entering today, teams were 1-232 when trailing by 16+ points in the final 6 minutes of the game. pic.twitter.com/NgyV1v9GEb
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 4, 2021
The Hawks erupted late in the fourth quarter, buoyed by a flurry of three-pointers from all manner of players on the team, including Young, John Collins, Danilo Gallinari, Tony Snell, and Kevin Huerter.
Young poured in 32 points in the contest, including eight of the Hawks’ 11 final points in the fourth quarter. His buckets proved to be the difference-maker in the tightly contested game. The other three points came courtesy of Snell who received a pass from, that’s right, none other than Young.
New Hawks coach Nate McMillan racked up another win after replacing Lloyd Pierce, who was surprisingly fired earlier this week.
The responses to the win, from McMillan in particular, were strong, as the 56-year-old tactician looked overjoyed and made it a point to congratulate Young and the rest of the guys after the victory. Though this is simply an “eye test,” Pierce looked far more distant and disengaged over the course of the past few months than McMillan has already shown in only a few games as coach.
Sure, it’s early in McMillan’s tenure, and it’s only one game, but the future is looking somewhat brighter for Trae Young and the Hawks.