In his first ever NBA postseason, Trae Young is already dishing out signature performances.
Last night, the Atlanta Hawks’ superstar point guard dropped a massive 48-point, 11-assist stat line in a 116-113 Game 1 Eastern Conference Finals victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
No stranger to Herculean playoff performances of his own, former Los Angeles Lakers superstar point guard Magic Johnson took to Twitter to react to Young’s show-stopping effort.
“I was on my way to Europe and heard I missed a 48 point MASTERPIECE by Trae Young giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead over the Bucks!” Magic wrote on Twitter this afternoon.
I was on my way to Europe and heard I missed a 48 point MASTERPIECE by Trae Young giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead over the Bucks! 🥵🔥
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 24, 2021
Magic had a similarly impressive breakout game in his first ever playoff campaign. With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar knocked out of the series with an ankle injury in Game 6, the rookie point guard was forced to put the team on his back in Game 7. Playing every position on the court, Johnson logged an incredible 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists to clinch the Finals victory.
While Young’s performance may not have been quite as consequential, it’s surely still an amazing feat — especially when you take a deeper dive into his Game 1 statistics.
Young scored on 71 of the Hawks’ total 116 points, the most by a single player ever in a Conference Finals matchup, per EliasSports. The third year pro’s 48 points also marks the most in Atlanta playoff history since Dominique Wilkins’ 47 in 1988, per ESPN. His 48 points also ties Kobe Bryant and LeBron James for the most ever in a playoff game before turning the age of 23.
Young will look to build off this historic performance in Game 2 tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. ET.