Atlanta Hawks star guard Trae Young delivered for his team on Friday night as the Hawks beat the New York Knicks in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. Young, who told the Knicks crowd that they would see them in the A.'
, delivered on his promise as he scored 21 points and dished out 14 assists to lead his team to a 105-94 win. "When they are collapsing in the paint as New York's defense does, the perimeter is open," Hawks head coach Nate McMillan said.
"He has to find those guys and get the ball to the shooters. If they stay on the perimeter, then he has the ability to attack the big in the paint. "It's making reads and making sure that he takes care of the ball.
He only had two turnovers tonight. That's a really good game for a point guard -- 21, 14 and two. Those are great numbers that we want to see and we expect to see. He's good enough to put those numbers up."
Young happy to have fans in the arena
"The energy, the buzz in the building was great," Young said.
"Just having the fans back definitely helped. Their energy, we really fed off it the whole game. ... This is my first experience at home in the playoffs. I'm looking forward to having a lot more of these. It's so much fun.
There's so much buzz in the building." Young didn't score as much as he was scoring in the opening two games but he dished out 14 assists. "For me, I have to find ways to score whether it's me getting downhill and scoring or finding the open man," Young said.
"Tonight I needed to find the open man because they were being so aggressive. It's really just making the right reads." Hawks coach McMillan praised Young after the game. "He's showing some growth in his play and managing and understanding what he needs to do out on the floor," McMillan said.
"He's keeping all of those guys involved while continuing to stay aggressive. And he's making good reads. And we've talked a number of times -- he has to cut down his turnovers. He's too good of a passer to have five, six turnovers a game. Two is OK. But five, six is a big number for a guy who passes as well as he does."