The Atlanta Hawks set a record for most three pointers made in a quarter without a miss as they launched 11 three pointers in the third quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans and made each of their attempt. "It really didn't [feel like a record]; it just felt like we were out there playing and having fun," Hawks guard Trae Young said after the 123-107 victory, per ESPN.
"Whenever you're doing that, whenever you're just out there playing and having fun, things like that are going to happen. I didn't notice in the game or whatever that we were on a roll like that. But it definitely felt like it for a second.
We were just having fun." The Hawks got into a great rhythm in the third quarter and everyone was making shots. "When guys are rolling, it's kind of contagious," said Young, who finished with 30 points while shooting 6-of-7 from deep.
"It really is. That's why when a couple possessions in a game when teams are swinging it around and it goes from one side to the other and then back to the other side, usually nine times out of 10, that guy is gonna hit a 3.
"Just because of the ball movement or just because of the momentum. When guys are hitting shots and hitting tough shots, it's the same way. It's contagious. Everybody starts doing it. That's kind of what happened."
The Hawks had 'fun'
Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic also had a good performance as he finished the game with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists. "We had fun, honestly. It was really fun. Definitely the most fun we ever had this year.
It was really fun to play that way. I think we all enjoyed it," Bogdanovic said. "It started with our defense. Our aggressiveness both ways. We kept running the whole game. We didn't slow down when we scored a couple of them.
We didn't stop. Most of the time, maybe we'll stop and didn't keep going. I think we got better tonight at that point." Meanwhile, Hawks coach Nate McMillan was unaware of the record. "I'll tell you the truth: I didn't even know we were shooting the ball that well," he said.
"I was so focused on our defense. I thought we played soft in the first half. We were allowing those guys to run their offense as if it was 5-on-0 out there. "We just wanted to turn up our defensive pressure in that third quarter.
I thought we did that. It led to us being able to get out and get into transition and get into a rhythm on the offensive end of the floor."