The Hawks win thanks to 32 from Trae Young. Trae Young led the host Atlanta Hawks to a 130-122 victory against the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff series on Friday night. Young had a game-high 32 points and nine assists. Sports 130–122 to get within 2-1.
For Atlanta, who dropped the opening two games of the series at Boston, Dejounte Murray scored 25 points. Game 4 will be placed in Atlanta on Sunday night.
With 45.5 seconds remaining, the Hawks led 126-121 after Trae Young hit a jumper. After Jayson Tatum missed a 3-point attempt as Boston trailed 124-121. After that, the Celtics didn’t pose a danger. Also Read: NBA: Toronto Raptors fire Nick Nurse as head coach
Young’s 3-pointer gave the Hawks a 121-116 lead with 2:22 remaining. After Tatum’s 3-pointer had brought Boston within 118-116 with 3:02 remaining only moments earlier.
Clint Capela led the Hawks, who out-rebounded the Celtics 48-29, with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
For Hawks, Trae Young was the star of the show
Even after a string of disappointing postseason performances, Trae Young never lost faith in himself. The flamboyant point guard who led the Atlanta Hawks to the Eastern Conference final two years ago finally appeared. Trae Young led the Atlanta Hawks with 32 points in his greatest playoff performance since 2021, giving them some optimism.
With 2:21 remaining, Young made a step-back 3-pointer from the corner, and with 45 seconds left, he made another big basket on a floater in the lane after Jaylen Brown missed a 3-point attempt that would have knotted the game for the Celtics. Also Read:Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks Final Injury Report date – 21/04/2023: Are Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, And Danilo Gallinari Playing against Atlanta Hawks Tonight?
On Sunday night at State Farm Arena, Game 4 will pit the seventh-seeded Hawks against the second-seeded Celtics in an attempt to even the series.
“I knew I could play like this,” Young stated. “I wasn’t concerned.”
Averaging only 15.4 points per game and having more turnovers (31) than assists (30) in a first-round loss to Miami the previous year, Young washed out. During the first two games in Boston, he didn’t perform much better, converting on only 14 of 40 shots.
However, while collaborating flawlessly with teammate Dejounte Murray, Young made 12 of 22 field goal attempts, handed out 9 assists, and pulled down 6 rebounds while committing only 4 turnovers.
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