Trae Young got his revenge on Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat on Thursday night as he notched a career-high 50 points to lead his side to a 129-124 win over the new powerhouse of an Eastern Conference outfit.
Young, a first-time All-Star this year, left the Heat shellshocked, hitting eight threes and showing off his remarkable range on the night. And he was sure to let Butler know he’d been keeping score after his impressive effort.
The 21-year-old was making reference to an Instagram post in which Jimmy trolled him for celebrating prematurely when the Heat played the Atlanta Hawks in December. The Hawks had a late advantage and looked well poised to win the contest but the Heat managed to claim victory, prompting the former Philadelphia 76ers star to take a shot at Young.
Meanwhile, Trae’s become the fourth-youngest player to record a 50-point game in NBA history, per ESPN stats, following Brandon Jennings, LeBron James (3 times) and Devin Booker.
“He just got into such an incredible rhythm,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. “He’s pulling up from 6 feet behind the line. There’s not a lot of things you can do about that.”