Hawks' Trae Young Says He Was 'Letting My Team Down' in 1st Half of Win vs. Cavs

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 16, 2022

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young reacts to a foul call during the first half of the team's NBA play-in basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, April 15, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)
AP Photo/Nick Cammett

Trae Young scored 32 second-half points en route to leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 107-101 road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the play-in tournament on Friday.

It was a stark contrast from his first half, when he shot 3-of-11 for six points alongside four turnovers.

After the game, Young spoke with ESPN's Lisa Salters about how he felt following his first-half performance.

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"I felt like I was letting my team down in the first half." <br><br>Trae Young scored 32 points in the second half to send the Hawks to the playoffs πŸ‘ <a href="https://t.co/ybFpsjJRfs">pic.twitter.com/ybFpsjJRfs</a>

He certainly made up for it in the second half, scoring 16 points in each quarter. Young notably scored the Hawks' final 12 third-quarter points in the last two minutes of the frame.


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He kept it up in the fourth, with this shot from the Cavs' logo giving the Hawks a 100-94 advantage:


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The Cavs scored five straight in response, but Young hit a floater to put the Hawks back up three:

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He then helped close the game out with free throws to send the Hawks to Miami for their first-round playoff series against the top-seeded Heat.