In the final minute of Game 5, the Hawks star waved off John Collins and went to work against the Knicks forward Reggie Bullock. Young took a couple of dribbles before taking and making a 30-foot between the legs step-back three to put his team up 101-86. He followed it up with a bow, saying goodbye to the ones who taunted him throughout their first-round matchup.
I know where we are. I know it’s a bunch of shows around this city. And I know what they do when the show is over.Trae Young, ESPN
Young finished the game with 36 points and 9 assists on 10-for-28 from the floor, becoming the second player in NBA history behind only Michael Jordan with three straight 30-point games at MSG in the postseason. Trae’s 146 points in the first five playoff games rank seventh in the league history behind only LeBron James, Jordan, Anthony Davis, Paul Pierce, Luka Dončić, and Allen Iverson.
Trae finished the series averaging 29.2 points and 9.8 assists, imposing himself as New York’s No.1 villain after silencing the Knicks crowd in his Playoff debut as a response to ‘Fu*k Trae Young‘ chants. They gave him even worse treatment in Game 2 when they chanted, ‘Trae is balding.’ But the young star enjoyed every second of it.
Trae loves to use that negative energy and use it as fuel for him. For whatever fans who want to keep antagonizing that man, please go right ahead. It’s not gonna bother him, and we got his back, as well.John Collins, ESPN
After the game, Young shared on his Instagram story that Derrick Rose gifted him a signed jersey as a sign of respect for his debut performance in the postseason. During the postgame interview, the former MVP continued showing love to the Hawks star, saying he’s always been a fan of his game.
I always called him whenever we played; it’s like the new era of point guards. He’s small; he has to be crafty, his IQ of the game is very high.Derrick Rose, Bleacher Report
Young better use all of those tools against the top-seeded 76ers, who closed out the five-game series against the Washington Wizards. Game 1 is set for Sunday in Philadelphia — another hostile environment for opposing star players. We all know that’s just the way Trae likes it.