Atlanta Hawks

Trae Young honours Kobe Bryant, holds up '24' after nailing dagger 3-pointer vs. shorthanded LA Clippers

Last year, just hours after receiving the news of Kobe Bryant's tragic passing, Trae Young dropped 45 and dished out 14 assists in a 152-133 win against the Washington Wizards.

On Wednesday, which marked the one year anniversary of that crash, he did more of the same - this time against the LA Clippers.

He scored 26 (8-13 FGs; 7-7 FTs) of his game-high 38 points in the second half including this clutch dagger, with two minutes left, which pretty much sealed it.

"One thing I think about when I think of Kobe is big shots, being able to close out games and hit big shots in big moments," Young said postgame on throwing up 24 and paying homage to the Black Mamba after that deep 3.

"Late in the game, that was a big shot for our team. That was the first thing I thought of."

"The thing I take away the most is he stuck to his values throughout everything whether it's in his playing days or outside of it," Young said postgame on his memories of Bryant.

He was one of five players in double figures for the Hawks - all starters - as they clawed back from a first-half deficit against a shorthanded LA Clippers squad.

The Los Angeles franchise, who were missing their All-Star duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George due to health and safety protocols, were going toe-to-toe with the Hawks in the first half. In fact, close to intermission, LA held its largest lead of seven (48-41).

Then, in the second half, Young found his groove and turned it on. Clint Capela, who recorded his seventh straight double-double (13 PTS, 19 REBS) while also recording two steals and two blocks, was the other major contributor for the hosts.

As a team, the Hawks recorded great shooting splits in the second half - 23-of-41 (56.1%) from the field, 9-of-19 (47.1) from beyond the arc, and 10-of-11 (90.9) from the free-throw line - to spark the turnaround.

The 108-99 victory is the Hawks' fourth in their last five games and helps them to improve to 9-8 - good for sixth in the East. They suit up in less than 24 hours to host the star-studded Brooklyn Nets.

On the other hand, the Clippers - who were led by Reggie Jackson's all-round contribution with 20 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds - will continue their huge six-game road trip in Miami after a day off.

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA or its clubs.

More from

Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets
Is Brooklyn the team to beat?
Steve Aschburner
Jaren Jackson Jr., Kevin Porter Jr. and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are among the leading MIP candidates for 2021-22 NBA season
Our picks for this season's Most Improved Player Staff
Washington Wizards
Are retooled Wizards ready to take next step?
Yash Matange
Bradley Beal and Spencer Dinwiddie will play a big part in the Washington Wizards' hopes of reaching the postseason in the Eastern Conference.
What to make of the new-look Wizards
Kane Pitman
Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid.jpeg
Fact or Fiction: Pressing storylines facing 76ers Staff
Russell Westbrook LeBron James
Is there precedent for this Lakers roster?
Kane Pitman
More News