Hawks' Young earns 2nd technical on staredown, gets 1st career ejection

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The Hawks played most of the second half without Young, who was ejected after making a long 3-pointer and staring down Dunn.

As seen in the clip embedded below, Young was hit with his second technical foul during the third quarter, after he buried a three to give the Hawks a 78-62 lead.

Chicago's Kris Dunn missed a 3-pointer to tie the game with 21.2 seconds left. Young slapped Dunn in the back, and Dunn turned around and shoved Young in the back of the head.

It would have been an afterthought of a game on a Sunday in which National Basketball Association playoff contenders jockeyed for position, but the Bulls' 123-118 loss to the Hawks at the United Center stole a great deal of attention because of the unusual, seemingly reactionary ejection of rookie standout Trae Young. Trae Young led the team with a career-high 49 points with eight rebounds and 16 assists, Alex Len added 24 points and 10 rebounds off the bench while Taurean Prince chipped in with 17 points on seven of 10 shooting.

Since a dramatic overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 18, the Lakers are on a shocking 5-13 run, prompting the suggestions the team should preserve the health of James and look to improve their draft position ahead of next season.

"Each player made physical contact with each other", crew chief Mark Ayotte told a pool reporter.

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Young, the rookie who played nearly 56 minutes, had his third straight game of setting or matching his career scoring high after back-to-back games with 36 points.

Members of both teams disagreed with the officials, with Dunn saying he hadn't even realized Young gestured in his direction.

"Trae Young is an incredible talent", LaVine said. "Celebration is not directed at an opponent".

"That was a fun game to play, probably one of the most fun games I've played in my career", Young said.

However, it was the Hawks' oldest player, Vince Carter, who logged the second-most minutes on the team.

The Bulls will sit forward Otto Porter Jr. for "load management" reasons against the Hawks on Sunday afternoon, coach Jim Boylen said.