The Rundown: Young puts on a show in MSG return

Published March 23, 2022, 12:30 PMJC Ansis

Trae Young scored 45 points in his first game in New York since last season's playoffs.


Hawks 117, Knicks 111
Bucks 126, Bulls 98
Magic 94, Warriors 90
Nuggets 127, Clippers 115

What went down

We all know what happened during the first-round playoff matchup between the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks last season.

Trae Young balled out, dominated the Knicks, and became New York's No. 1 villain. In his first game at MSG since those playoffs, Young reminded the hometown crowd of that horrific experience.

Young dropped 45 points, including seven 3-pointers, and was instrumental late in the game to lead the Hawks to a win over the Knicks on Wednesday. He did get a little help, though, from Bogdan Bogdanovic, who scored a season-high 32 points.

RJ Barrett and Alec Burks combined for 49 points but couldn't will the Knicks to victory. Julius Randle sat the game out due to a sore right quadriceps tendon.

Big-time ballers

Like I mentioned, Trae Young put on a show in his MSG return with 45 markers. He made 52 percent of his field goals and also had eight dimes in the win.

But Giannis Antetokounmpo also had a nice line in the Bucks' rout of the Bulls. In just 29 minutes, he collected 25 points (75% FG), 17 boards, five assists, three blocks, and a steal. Efficient, right?

What he said

Asked during the walk-off interview about the boos from the MSG crowd: Ice Trae said: "I couldn't really hear them, for real."

Did you see that?

Here's a look at the Trae dagger that sealed the win for the Hawks. He crossed up Taj Gibson and made him touch the floor.