Hawks superstar Trae Young dropped an impressive 41 points to lead his team to a nail-biting 120-119 victory over Joe Ingles’ Orlando Magic in Mexico City.
Dejounte Murray, the Atlanta guard, scored a crucial three pointer with 31 seconds remaining, securing the late lead for the Hawks.
Young’s standout performance included 33 of his 41 points in the first half, equaling a career-high previously achieved against the Pacers in March 2022.
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Despite building a ten-point lead in the second half, the Magic couldn’t maintain it. Nevertheless, Ingles should be commended for his contributions off the bench.
The experienced veteran was a force on the court for Orlando, racking up five assists, three rebounds, three steals, and an impressive plus/minus figure of +27, easily the highest in the game.
The loss dropped the Magic to a 4-4 record, while the Hawks improved to 5-3.
STAR’S HALF-CENTURY NOT ENOUGH
Though Giannis Antetokounmpo unleashed an astounding 54 points, it wasn’t sufficient as the Damian Lillard-less Milwaukee Bucks succumbed to the Indiana Pacers 126-124.
From his 54 points, Antetokounmpo made an efficient 16-of-18 from the free-throw line and recorded 12 rebounds, all season-highs, one day after being controversially ejected from their win against Detroit.
However, it was Tyrese Haliburton who emerged as Indiana’s hero, delivering the game-winning three-pointer and ending the night with 29 points, five triples, and 10 assists.
According to EPSN Stats and Info, Antetokounmpo became the first player in NBA history to lose a game with 50 points, a 75% field goal percentage, and 10 rebounds in a contest.
Indiana secured an early 27-9 lead in the first quarter, with the fans at Gainbridge Fieldhouse lending their vocal support.
Milwaukee gradually clawed back in the second term, with Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton leading the charge to make it a 66-60 Pacers lead at halftime.
The Bucks briefly advanced 74-73 in the third quarter after Antetokounmpo scored 12 points in the first three and a half minutes.
Both teams traded blows, with the Bucks initially gaining the upper hand in the fourth quarter.
Despite Antetokounmpo’s efforts, Indiana managed to tie the scores at 119-119 with 2:30 left, and ultimately secured the win with Haliburton’s game-winning three and free throws down the stretch.
Middleton also had a strong performance, scoring a season-high 19 points. However, the Bucks fell to 5-3 overall.
Lillard missed the game due to calf soreness on the second end of a back-to-back set for Adrian Griffin’s team.
NBA RESULTS (NOV 11)
Bucks 124 – Pacers 126
Hawks 120 – Magic 119
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