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Marcus Smart and Trae Young Get into On-Court Scuffle

Some Bedlam tension on a Friday night?

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[Credit: Boston Celtics]

Marcus Smart’s and Trae Young’s careers at Oklahoma State and Oklahoma never overlapped. We missed those would-be classic Bedlams by five years. But after what happened on Friday night, I wish we could have seen a tilt between these two in GIA.

Smart’s Celtics, currently second place in the Eastern Conference, hosted Young’s Hawks who came in on a nine-game skid. But it was Atlanta that looked the aggressor early with the Hawks building an 18-point lead first quarter lead over the home team.

Young poured in 28 points, 10 assists and five rebounds, but took 23 shots and committed six turnovers. Some things never change. His Bedlam counterpart Smart scored 15 points, dished out nine assists and grabbed six rebounds. Twelve shots, one turnover.

But it was in the waning moments of the game, after a second-half Celtics comeback, that the bad blood began to boil.

With less than a minute left and the Cs up 1, Smart knocked down a dagger 3-pointer, because of course.

After a free throw pulled the Hawks to within 108-106, Young had a chance for his own game-winner, which was blocked.

The best part is Smart “inadvertently” tripping over Young as the clock was about to hit zeros.

Another look (from a different point of view).

Young was called for the personal foul while Smart and Atlanta forward Alex Len picked up offsetting technical fouls in the ensuing frenzy. Smart made the first of his two free ones and missed his second with 0.3 ticks to send the Hawks packing with their 10th straight loss.

 

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