The Hawks' performance against the Orlando Magic provided all the allure, frustration, and excitement that could come to characterize this team. The lead changed hands 14 times over the course of 48 minutes, and at various points each team squandered what appeared to be a straightforward path to victory.
Trae Young ensured that the game eventually turned Atlanta's way with a 39-point, seven-rebound, nine-assist effort that included three clutch shots in the final 2 minutes and 11 seconds of regulation.
No other Hawk scored more than 10 points, but Young was more than capable of shouldering the lion's share of the offense, and Atlanta enjoyed a fairly even scoring both in distribution the starting lineup and off the bench.
After the game, Lloyd Pierce discussed his team's resolve down the stretch of a tight game, Young's second consecutive outburst, and his impressions from a well-earned win against a difficult opponent: