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"Thad (Young) has been, for me personally, the MVP of the team," LaVine said.


Zach LaVine had just posted his 12th 30-point game of the season, fourth in the league behind heavy hitters Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry.


And LaVine, who also grabbed nine rebounds, played strong enough defense throughout to draw postgame praise in that department from coach Billy Donovan.


With 13 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and multiple crucial plays that contributed to winning, Young placed his fingerprints all over the overtime victory.


Given his salary-cap friendly contract, which only carries a partial guarantee for the 2021-22 season, there will be no shortage of suitors for Young's services as next month's NBA trade deadline arrives.


Listen to Wendell Carter Jr., who returned from his quad injury Monday night with plenty of Young teaching points -- verbal and by example -- to follow.


Perhaps the most impressive aspect to Young's strong outing Monday night is that he picked up his fourth foul just over midway through the third quarter.






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