Atlanta Hawks polished off New York Knicks in five games and Trae Young, leading the charge with another sensational display, could not resist taking one final dig at the crowd in attendance, who have been at odds with the player from the start.
The Knicks facing elimination after losing both their games in Atlanta, returned back to the Garden for their fate. However, they succumbed to a heavy 89-103 defeat against the visiting side which brought down the curtains to their season.
With a heavy trail heading into the final seconds, the Knicks crowd were up on their feet to give their team an ovation before their season came to a close.
With 43.7 seconds left in the game, Young scored a three-pointer from downtown near the Knicks logo in the court and putting the Knicks up by 15 to take the game even further away.
The young guard proceeded to bow down to the crowd after making the 30-foot short with perfection.
“I know where we are. I know it’s a bunch of shows around this city, And I know what they do when the show is over.” Young responded when he was asked the reason behind his gesture.
“Like I said since the beginning of the season. I feel like I’ve worked my whole life for this moment, to play in the playoffs on the biggest stage. I put in a lot of work. A lot of the guys who have been here have done the same. It feels good to win it. It feels good to win the series. Now we get to focus on the second round.” Young added
The entire Trae Young vs Knicks crowd saga makes it one for the ages
The beef between Trae Young and the New York crowd began in the first game itself when the crowd had chanted “F— Trae Young”. The player had silenced the crowd in style after making the game-winning shot in the dying seconds of the game.
He shushed the crowd by pointing his finger to his lips, but the Knicks crowd got the next jab right following the Knicks win in Game 2, the player was also spit on, beginning a series on unruly behaviour by the fans.
Young had retorted to the crowd that he will “see them in the A (Atlanta)”. True to his word, the Hawks wiped off the Knicks with home advantage and then sealed the deal at the Garden to conclude the series.