And man, the Hawks needed the victory.
“We talked about it in the huddle,” Young said. “Just try to go create and go downhill, but we needed to crash because they were going to contest my shot. We were going to have a shot at a rebound and it worked out perfectly for us.”
The play followed a turnover by Young, leading to a dunk for Raptors forward Scottie Barnes. But it resulted in Bey’s heroics.
“When I turned it over, I knew I was going to get a chance to help my team,” Young said. “I felt bad. I was dumb for making a mistake at the end. I should have called timeout when I didn’t have anywhere to go. It is nobody’s fault but mine.”
Bey finished with a season-high 26 points and 13 rebounds as Atlanta (19-27) snapped a four-game skid.
- Coach Quin Snyder called it a team effort in the truest sense. “I thought we were connected tonight,” he said. “It is not going to happen every night, but that doesn’t mean we can’t strive for it for 48 minutes. That is our goal, to have that type of determination and perseverance when things don’t go our way.”
- In case you missed it, the Hawks haven’t talked to the Lakers about a trade involving guard Dejounte Murray lately. We have the full post here.
- That said, the Hawks are engaged with multiple others on trades involving Murray, forward De’Andre Hunter and center Clint Capela, per Hoops Wire sources.