Trae Young lit up the Nuggets for a season-high 42 points and added 11 assists in Atlanta’s 125-121 Tuesday night road win.
Young drew extra motivation from a trash-talking fan, and could be seen staring at Denver’s bench and the crowd after draining shots.
Trae scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away for the Hawks.
Per The AP:
“It was just the Trae Young show for 48 minutes,” Denver coach Michael Malone said.
“It felt better because we won,” Young said. “I’m glad I was able to knock some shots down and help us win.”
Young helped stave off a third-quarter rally by Denver when he drained a 3-pointer in front of the Nuggets bench. He then turned and stared into the seats before running up the court.
“Some of it was the bench but some of it was to one of the dudes in the crowd,” Young said. “I’m not about to get fined talking about it. Sometimes what the fans say is unacceptable. I can’t say nothing to him, I can’t do anything towards him, I can just get buckets and look at him.
“He stopped talking as much.”