New York villain Trae Young picked up Dennis Rodman right where he left off at Madison Square Garden, putting Knicks fans through it all over again, leading the Hawks to a 117-1 warriors jersey poole 11 win.
In his first game back at MSG since taking a broadway bow as he eliminated the Knicks from last season's playoffs, Young, who was in COVID-19 protocols for their Christmas Day matchup in New York, quietened the home crowd with another Manhatten masterpiece.
Young torched the Knicks for 45 points and eight assists on 13-of-25 from the field and 7-of-15 from the 3-point line, capped off a 28-12 closing run with a highlight-reel crossover on Taj Gibson, before icing the game with a wide-open mid-range jumper.
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"It's fun, this is a fun stephen curry jersey new york atmosphere to play in," Young said postgame.
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"Nah I couldn't really hear them for real," he said of the boos. "It wasn't even that loud, to be honest with you."
The boos quietened as the second half wore on and the "F*** Trae Young" chants never really Chris Paul got going as the Hawks point guard knifed his way through the Knicks defence and ensured they would finish the season with a losing record (30-42), all but extinguishing their steph curry jersey wholesale slim Play-In hopes.
Young and the Hawks now hold a six-game lead over the Knicks in the standings and improve to .500 (36-36) on the season, occupying the 10th and final Play-In spot.
He has now scored 40 or more points in three of his past five games, with his nine 4-point games on the season second only to MVP frontrunner Joel Em NBA Finals Champs Gearbiid (10).
On the season, Young is averaging 28.2 points, 9.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds on 45.7 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three.