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This Date in NBA History: Trae Young's improbable overtime game-winner lifts Atlanta Hawks past Milwaukee Bucks

On March 31, 2019, Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young added another memorable play to the highlight reel of his rookie season.

Down one-point to the Milwaukee Bucks with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime, it appeared the Hawks would need to execute their inbounds play to perfection in order to earn a victory.

Only, they didn't.

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An inbound lob to highflyer John Collins was deflected by Brook Lopez, which prompted the clock to begin running. Fortunately for the Hawks, Young was in the right place at the perfect time, collecting the carom in mid-air while somehow adjusting to get the shot to the rim - all in under a second.

After bouncing on the rim a few times, Young's shot would fall, much to the surprise of most on the court as evidenced by the various reactions.

Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer, as well as players Sterling Brown and DJ Wilson, couldn't believe that Young could have possibly gotten his shot off in time. Even some Hawks players tempered their reactions while awaiting the verdict of Young's impressively miraculous shot.

Young, on the other hand, appeared confident the shot would count as he celebrated with a flex and a shimmy before telling the crowd "I like that."

Ultimately, he was correct.

It was a memorable ending for a mostly forgettable game from Young, who finished with 12 points (on 5-for-19 shooting), 16 assists and five rebounds. That he was in the midst of a poor shooting night makes this shot all the more impressive, as it's the type of look that typically falls when a player has things going and is in a rhythm.

To date, it is the only buzzer-beating game-winner of Young's career. Given the fact that he was an All-Star by age 21, it's safe to assume that it won't be the last.

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