Atlanta Hawks star guard Trae Young had a memorable playoff debut as he knocked down a game-winner on Sunday night to help his team beat the New York Knicks 107-105 at Madison Square Garden. "As I hit the floater, it just felt like everybody got quiet," Young said, šer ESPN.
"I was waiting for them F-you chants again. I was excited." Lou Williams, who was playing his 72nd playoff game, told Young in the huddle before the last play not to pass the ball to anyone. "I'm sure he's dreamed of moments like that," Williams said.
"Tie ball game in Madison Square Garden with an opportunity to win the game. ... You kind of trick yourself into thinking you gotta make a play. Hey man, go win the basketball game. This your team. These guys have put the franchise on your shoulders as well as the other young guys.
You're the 'Point God,' go win the basketball game."
Young appreaciates the respect from Williams
"That's the best part about Lou and some of the older guys that we had," Young said. "I'm smart.
I'm very smart with basketball. I feel like I know a lot. But there's also a lot that I don't know. There's definitely times in a moment like that where I may have called the screen up and still went off it. Just Lou telling me that, it clicked in my mind that as soon as John lost his shoe that I needed just to clear it out and go win it.
That's how I felt." The Knicks fans didn't have a warm welcome for Young as he received the "F--- Trae Young" chants. "I definitely know the history of players coming in here and being hated," Young said.
"Like I said, I take that as a compliment to be honest with you. Obviously I'm doing something right if you hate me that much. I embrace it and try to focus on my team and trying to help my team win. At the end of the day, we'll get the last laugh if we do that."
Young scored a game-high 32 points and had 10 assists. "I'm truly blessed to be in this position," Young said. "But I know the work's not done yet. It's just one game. Enjoy this win tonight for it being my first win, first game in the playoffs. But we gotta get back at it tomorrow."