Trae after sensational Game 1 vs. Bucks: Hawks 'can go as far as we want'
After Wednesday's 116-113 road upset of the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, Trae Young was quick to deflect praise to the entire Atlanta Hawks team and focus on his squad's next objective.
"I think we can go as far as we want to ... I believe in this team, and we believe in each other," Young said postgame, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps.
But for all of Young's emphasis on the Hawks as a whole, Game 1 was nearly a solo performance. The third-year point guard was involved in virtually everything Atlanta did offensively, scoring or assisting on 80 of the 108 points the Hawks scored with him on the floor, according to Synergy.
Indeed, Young's 48 points - the most by a Hawks player in the postseason since Dominique Wilkins dropped 47 in 1988 - and 11 assists put him in excellent historical company.
Young recorded the fourth-highest single-game point total in conference finals history, trailing only Michael Jordan (54), Dirk Nowitzki (50), and LeBron James (49), according to StatMuse.
The 22-year-old also narrowly missed setting a new record for offensive production by a youngster:
Young became the sixth player to score 48 points or more in both the NBA playoffs and a Division I college game, according to ESPN Stats & Info's Jared Berson. The five others on that list - Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry, Billy Cunningham, and Bob Pettit - were long ago enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Game 2 tips off Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET in Milwaukee, where Young's road-tested Hawks will look to press their series advantage.
"Ever since I was in middle school ... I always loved playing on the road," Young said. "I loved playing against an opposing crowd, an opposing team. And it feels that you're really just with your team, and it's just them in the building. I think that really brings our group together. We're a close group."