"It was just the Trae Young show for 48 minutes."
Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone summed it up post-game as the Atlanta Hawks point guard put on a show at Pepsi Center to lead his team to a 125-121 win.
Young put in an electric performance on his way to a season-high 42 points and 11 assists to end the Nuggets' four-game win streak.
The Nuggets had their hands full all night as Young launched threes from anywhere, connecting on 8-of-13 from deep, racking up highlight after highlight - none better than this nutmeg on Will Barton in the third quarter.
This nutmeg was COLD- NBA TV (@NBATV) November 13, 2019
@TheTraeYoung ❄️#TrueToAtlanta pic.twitter.com/UJyPJBcb2m
"It felt better because we won," Young said post-game. "I'm glad I was able to knock some shots down and help us win."
Young finished seven points shy of his career-high and became the first player in franchise history to record 30 points and 10 assists in three straight games.
His second 40-point, 10-assist game of his young career also put him alongside some elite company, joining Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players to achieve the feat before their 22nd birthdays.
Trae Young had his second career 40-point, 10-assist game tonight.- ESPN (@espn) November 13, 2019
The only other players in NBA history with multiple such games before turning 22 are LeBron James and Michael Jordan. pic.twitter.com/RgtPQc76Ec
He scored 17 points in the first half as the Hawks took a comfortable 63-54 lead into the break, before they suffered a blow in the third quarter when Kevin Huerter exited the game with 9:57 remaining in the period.
"He had a hot start and with him going down it was tough," Young said of Huerter, who left the game with 11 points in 15 minutes.
Despite a tough night shooting the ball, 46-of-104 from the field (44.2%), Denver rallied in the fourth quarter to tie things up at 101-101 with 8:19 remaining, thanks to a layup from Gary Harris, but Young quickly responded with a pair of threes and a floater to put the Hawks up 114-106.
Young scored 15 of his 42 in the fourth quarter.
This. is. Trae's. eighth. three. pointer. 🥶 pic.twitter.com/EO3tiAHKld- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) November 13, 2019
"I'm having a lot of fun," Young said post-game. "My shots are going in right now. Hopefully that continues to happen. I'm just trying to do whatever it takes to help my team win."
Jabari Parker finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Alex Len added 17points and seven rebounds off the bench.
All five Denver starters finished in double digits, led by 21 points from Will Barton. Jamal Murray added 18 points and eight assists, while Nikola Jokic recorded 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds.