It wasn't particularly mean-spirited or showy, but it caught enough of the attention of the refs to merit a second technical foul and subsequent ejection. The taunting foul drew a second technical from officials, after the two guards had gotten tangled up with each other earlier in the game.
That left the Atlanta Hawks without one more important player. As a team, the Hawks shot 49 percent from the field and 22 of 60 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to force overtime, but they fell just short in the fourth overtime. Let's hope it doesn't go to quadruple overtime again, as I'm not sure my heart could take it. "But he made the call".
Here's a quick round-up of some milestones Young hit Friday.
Trae Young was on his way to another big outing before he got thrown out of the game. "Celebration is not directed at an opponent".
The spat seemed to cool down for another two quarters, while Young picked up 14 more points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 168-161 in the third-highest scoring game in National Basketball Association history. The star rookie is averaging 18.3 points per game this season but has also posted 25.3 points per contest since February. Young had three games in February with at least 30 points and eight assists, making him the first rookie to do so in a month since Steph Curry in March 2010. Instead, they chose to eject Young who was on his way to another impressive game.
"I play with a lot of flair, a lot of energy, emotion and have fun, " Young said.
Unfortunately for the University of Oklahoma product, he wasn't able to showcase his talents past the early third quarter Sunday, thanks to an officiating decision that sparked an outcry from both the Hawks' bench and on the Internet.
Lauri Markkanen led the Bulls with 19 points, though he shot just 6 of 21.