NBA playoffs: Trae Young and Hawks beat Knicks with a winning shot

The stage was set for a Knicks revival – the beleaguered Knicks were back in the playoffs and had the field advantage, with 15,000 fans crammed into Madison Square Garden for the first time this season. When New York took a three-point lead in the last minute, the end seemed to be drawn.

Then Trae Young had other ideas.

Young prompted the Hawks to an impressive comeback, scoring 32 points in a 107-105 win in Game 1 of the first round. Young’s float with 0.9 seconds left ended up making the difference, capping a run in which Young scored seven of Atlanta’s last 10 points in the final two minutes of the game.

Young finished the game 11 for 23 from the field and a perfect 9 for 9 from the free throw line, with 10 assists and seven rebounds. He joined LeBron James as only players with at least 30 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in his playoff debut.

Young’s electric performance drew a strong response from the Knicks crowd, which Young admitted to enjoying in a post-game interview.

Young topped a surprising performance on Knicks guard Alec Burks, who scored 27 points on a 9-for-13 shot. Veteran guard Derrick Rose also played well, scoring 17 points with five rebounds and five assists on one. 8 in 16 shot.

Guard RJ Barrett had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while forward Julius Randle had 15 points with 12 rebounds and four assists.

Game two is scheduled for Wednesday at MSG, where the Knicks will once again try to win their first playoff game since May 16, 2013.

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