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The Hawks haven’t had much going for them lately, heading into their MLK Day home game against the defending NBA champions.

They were arriving after losing five straight games overall and 10 straight at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, dating back to Nov. 28, 2021. Prior to that game, the season was disappointing for the Hawks, going 17-25 to their first 42 games, fresh off their Conference Finals appearance in the 2021 playoffs.

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However, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the team’s in-form guard Trae Young came to the rescue late and sealed the Hawks’ victory over the Bucks.

The 6-foot-1 guard has been part of an elite company this season, ranking in the top five in the league in points and assists – 27.7 points (fourth) and 9.4 assists ( third).

He was struggling early in this game, at least by his standards, only managing 15 points and eight assists on 5-of-12 shooting from the field, including 1-of-5 from 3-point range over the first three quarters.

The fourth quarter, however, was a whole different story. With the shots not falling, Young appeared to have made a concentrated attempt to head for the free throw line.

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He scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, a stretch the Hawks beat the Bucks 38-26, doing most of his damage with a perfect 10-of-10 performance at the charity stripe. That’s not all, he seemed to have better control of the game at critical moments.

In the final seven minutes, he scored or assisted on 22 of the team’s 32 points as the Hawks edged the visiting Milwaukee Bucks by 17 points in that span. Thus, turning a 99-89 deficit into a 121-114 win.

Young finished the game with 30 points and 11 assists, his 41st career game with at least 30 and 10, while no Hawks player had more than four since the Pete Maravich era. The 41 games is also a league high since entering the NBA, with James Harden second best at 38.

On his way to scoring 30 goals, he also crossed the 6,000 career point benchmark.

For the Hawks, it was their first home win in nearly two months since Nov. 23. It helps them seal the season streak with the Bucks, the first time they’ve clinched that since the 2016-17 season, having won two of three season games with the final game scheduled for March 9.

Can Atlanta use this win to turn things around with much of its recent slippage caused by enforced absences due to COVID-19? Only time will tell, but Young certainly understands the importance of it and spoke about it after the game.

Meanwhile, for the Bucks, who were playing without Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton scored the lead with 34 and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 27, but that wasn’t enough to prevent the team losing their sixth of eight games. last.

Trae Young catches fire late against Bucks on MLK Day, helps Hawks end 10-game home losing streak

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